59th Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°46′09″N 73°59′05″W / 40.769212°N 73.984772°W / 40.769212; -73.984772

59th Street
Looking west from the east end of 59th
West end Twelfth Avenue
Columbus Circle, Grand Army Plaza
East end Sutton Place

59th Street/Central Park South in the New York City borough of Manhattan runs east-west, from York Avenue/Sutton Place to the West Side Highway, with a discontinuity between Ninth Avenue/Columbus Avenue and Eighth Avenue/Central Park West where the Time Warner Center is located. At Second Avenue, 59th Street branches off onto the Queensboro Bridge, which is often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge,[1] even though 59th Street continues east to York Avenue/Sutton Place.

The portion of the street forming the southern boundary of Central Park from Columbus Circle at Eighth Avenue/Central Park West on the west to Grand Army Plaza at Fifth Avenue on the east is known as Central Park South. Entry into Central Park is can be made at the Scholars' Gate at Fifth Avenue, the Artists' Gate at Sixth Avenue, the Artisans' Gate at Seventh Avenue, and the Merchants' Gate at Columbus Circle. Central Park South contains four famous upscale hotels: the Plaza Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton (Central Park), which is the flagship of the Ritz-Carlton chain, the Park Lane, and JW Marriott Essex House.

While Central Park South is bi-directional, the section of 59th Street between Ninth and Eleventh Avenue/West End Avenue is one-way westbound, and the section between Fifth Avenue and Second Avenue is one-way eastbound.

59th Street forms the border between Midtown Manhattan and Uptown Manhattan. North of 59th Street, the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper West Side and Upper East Side continue on either side of Central Park. On the West Side, Manhattan's numbered avenues are renamed north of 59th Street, with Eighth Avenue becoming Central Park West, Ninth Avenue renamed Columbus Avenue, Tenth Avenue renamed Amsterdam Avenue, and Eleventh Avenue becoming West End Avenue.

Looking west along Central Park South


Sherry Netherlands Hotel and GM Building face each other across 59th Street

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  1. ^ 59th Street:A New York Songline- Virtual walking tour