47th Street (Manhattan)

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Old New York City-themed all-caps street sign of 47th Street; newer signs are lowercase.
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, the east end of 47th

47th Street is an east-west running street between First Avenue and the West Side Highway in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Traffic runs one way along the street, from east to west, starting at the United Nations Headquarters. The street features the Diamond District in a single block and also courses through Times Square.

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The Factory was Andy Warhol's original New York City studio from 1963 to 1968, although his later studios were known as The Factory as well. The Factory was located on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street, between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

After opening in 1920 on West 45th Street, the Gotham Book Mart later moved to 51 West 47th Street and then spent many years at 41 West 47th Street before moving to 16 East 46th Street.

Vanderbilt Avenue is a short street that runs from 42nd Street to 47th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue. The street was built as the result of construction of Grand Central Terminal, and is named for the family of the terminal's original owners, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Grand Central Terminal can be accessed via 47th Street through the "Northwest Passage", a 1,000-foot (300 m)-long corridor that runs parallel to the tracks, connecting to the Main Concourse by way of an entrance at the northeast corner of East 47th Street and Madison Avenue.

47th Street and 7th Avenue at Times Square

The portion of 47th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue is known as the Diamond District. The area is one of the five primary centers of the global diamond industry (along with Hatton Garden in London, Antwerp, Mumbai, and Johannesburg), as well as the premiere center for jewelry shopping in the city. An estimated 90% of diamonds in the United States enter through New York. There are 2,600 independent businesses located in the district, nearly all of them dealing in diamonds or jewelry, most located in booths at one of the 25 "exchanges" in the district, and in a public corridor to 46th Street.

The TKTS booth, reconstructed and reopened in 2008, is located on 47th Street at Duffy Square, between Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Theater-goers may purchase Broadway theatre tickets at a discount of 25 to 50% for listed plays and musicals on the day of the shows. The Morgan Stanley Building is located diagonally opposite to TKTS at Broadway and 47th Street.

Broadway theatre is well represented on West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, including the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (at 256 West 47th Street), the Ethel Barrymore Theatre at (243 West 47th Street) and the Biltmore Theater (at 261 West 47th Street).

An NHL store stands at 1185 Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) between West 46th Street and West 47th Street. It is the only one of its kind in the country and has its own Starbucks within the store.


The New York City Subway's 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line offers service on the B D F M services. An underground concourse connects the station with the buildings of Rockefeller Center. The 49th Street station on the BMT Broadway Line offers service on the N Q R trains, and is accessible via a part-time booth at Seventh Avenue and 47th Street at the south end of the station.

Additionally, several New York City Bus routes running along north-south avenues stop near the street.

Popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ West 47th Street – About the Film, accessed December 12, 2006

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Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°59′00″W / 40.7586°N 73.9832°W / 40.7586; -73.9832