96th Street (Manhattan)
Crossing 1st Avenue
96th Street is a major two-way street in East Harlem and the Upper West Side, which is a part of the New York City borough of Manhattan, running from the East River at the FDR Drive to the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Hudson River. It is one of the 15 hundred-foot-wide (30 m) crosstown streets mapped out in the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 that established the numbered street grid in Manhattan.
Parts of 96th Street, particularly near Second and Third Avenues, underwent significant gentrification in the late 1980s.
The street is separated by Central Park, whose West 96th street pedestrian gate is called "Gate of all Saints" and whose East 96th Street gate is called "Woodmans Gate". A sunken street through the park, often called the 97th Street Transverse road or Transverse Road #4, connects the East Side and West Side via 96th and 97th Streets.
On the West Side, 96th Street runs through a natural valley passing under Riverside Drive and leading down to the former Stryker's Bay. It is regarded as the southern border of the nearby Manhattan Valley
Subway service is at these stations:
- 96th Street serving the 1 2 3 trains at Broadway
- 96th Street serving the A B C trains at Central Park West
- 96th Street serving the 4 6 <6> trains at Lexington Avenue
- 96th Street is now under construction at Second Avenue
- "Remarks of the Commissioners for Laying out Streets and Roads in the City of New York, under the Act of April 3, 1807", accessed May 2, 2007. "These streets are all sixty feet wide except fifteen, which are one hundred feet wide, viz.: Numbers fourteen, twenty-three, thirty-four, forty-two, fifty-seven, seventy-two, seventy-nine, eighty-six, ninety-six, one hundred and six, one hundred and sixteen, one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred and thirty-five, one hundred and forty-five, and one hundred and fifty-five—the block or space between them being in general about two hundred feet."
- Hinds, Michael DeCourcy. "BATTLING TO CONTROL E. 96TH GROWTH", The New York Times, May 13, 1984. Accessed December 5, 2007. "EAST 96TH STREET is not just a dead piece of real estate – it is a socially important corridor, said August Heckscher. With El Barrio to the north and Yorkville to the south, it could be the meeting place of two cultures, a river into which both flow."
- Lee, Denny. "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: EAST HARLEM; A 'Museo' Moves Away From Its Barrio Identity", The New York Times, July 21, 2002. Accessed December 5, 2007. "The neighborhood north of East 96th Street is sometimes called East Harlem or Spanish Harlem, but local Puerto Ricans affectionately call it El Barrio."
- Cohen, Joyce. "If You're Thinking of Living On/Central Park West; At Every Front Door, a Great Playground", The New York Times, September 3, 2000. Accessed December 5, 2007. "North of 96th Street, where the area is known as Manhattan Valley, the avenue turns more modest, with a mix of co-ops, condominiums and rentals."
- Nieves, Evelyn. " Manhattan Valley's Long Awaited Boom Ends Up Just a Fizzle", The New York Times, December 25, 1990. Accessed December 5, 2007. "For the last 10 years, Manhattan Valley, a quick dip between the Upper West Side and Harlem."
- Steam (Gotham Gazette, November 10, 2003)
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