Avenue D (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°43′22.85″N 73°58′35.41″W / 40.7230139°N 73.9765028°W / 40.7230139; -73.9765028

Jacob Riis Houses
Avenue D housing project, 1974

Avenue D is the easternmost named avenue in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, east of Avenue C and west of the FDR Drive. It runs between East 12th Street and Houston Street, and continues south of 2nd Street as Columbia Street. Avenues A, B, C and D are the genesis of the name for Alphabet City neighborhood which they run through.

Dry Dock Park[edit]

Dry Dock Park, located at the northern end (11th and Avenue D): A small park with a public pool—named for the neighborhood's former tradition of ship repair. The corner was formerly the site of the Corn Exchange Bank Trust Co.

Housing projects[edit]

Many of the larger Public Housing projects in Alphabet City are on Avenue D. The east side of Avenue D is flanked by the Jacob Riis Houses (NYCHA housing), named for famous photographer Jacob Riis, who chronicled the plight of the city's poorest residents. The development was designed by Walker & Gillette and was completed in 1949.[1] Other projects include Baruch Houses, La Guardia Houses, and the Lillian Wald Houses, named for Lillian D. Wald (1867-1940), who provided aid to the Lower East Side through the Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurses Society.

Notable people and buildings[edit]

Among many notables who were born or raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side, it is purported that James Cagney was born on Avenue D.[citation needed]

A building between 5th and 6th streets, east of Avenue D was formerly the location of the "Boys Brotherhood Republic", a self-governing youth project of the Henry Street Settlement.[2]


Avenue D is served by the M14D bus from 10th Street, coming from Avenue C. The bus route's southernmost stop on the avenue is at Houston Street, though the bus route itself comes from Columbia Street, which feeds into Avenue D.


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