Dizengoff Street

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Dizengoff Street in 2006 before a street party.

Dizengoff Street (Hebrew: רחוב דיזנגוף, Rehov Dizengoff) is a major street in central Tel Aviv, named after Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff.

The street runs from the corner of Ibn Gabirol Street in its southernmost point to the port area of Tel Aviv in its northwestern point. Dizengoff Street is one of the most important streets in Tel Aviv, and has played an essential role in the development of the city.

History[edit]

The street in the 1930s

In the street's heyday, it was described as the "Champs-Élysées of Tel Aviv". In Hebrew slang, a new word was coined based on the iconic status of this street: "l'hizdangef" (Hebrew: להזדנגף‎), literally "to Dizengoff oneself, ie., to stroll down Dizengoff." [1] Since the 1970s, Dizengoff Street has declined. The advent of the shopping mall, Dizengoff Center is cited as a principal reason for the decline, along with changes in the configuration of Dizengoff Square.

An International style building on Dizengoff Street at the corner of Ben Gurion Blvd., in the White City.

The stretch of Dizengoff Street northward to Dizengoff Square was once very upscale but has since declined. North of Dizengoff Square, the street still has better and more upscale shops,[2] filled with designer name stores. The street is still full of coffee shops and clothes stores, in addition to a large number of bridal clothing stores. Towards the southern end of the street is the landmark Dizengoff Square and Dizengoff Center shopping mall.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The film Dizengoff 99 (1979), which has become an Israeli cult classic,[3][4] describes the way of life around the street and how it changed over the years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yahoo Tel Aviv
  2. ^ Frommers
  3. ^ "Dizengoff 99", Tel Aviv Cinematheque (Hebrew), accessed December 7, 2008
  4. ^ Israeli beauty, Ynetnews, May 10, 2006

External links[edit]

Media related to Dizengoff Street at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 32°4′49.94″N 34°46′25.56″E / 32.0805389°N 34.7737667°E / 32.0805389; 34.7737667