Eleventh Avenue (Manhattan)

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Eleventh Avenue is a north-south thoroughfare on the far West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, not far from the Hudson River. Eleventh Avenue originates in the Meatpacking District in the West Village neighborhood at Gansevoort Street, where Eleventh Avenue, Tenth Avenue, and West Street intersect.

Description[edit]

Between Gansevoort Street and West 22nd Street, Eleventh Avenue is part of the West Side Highway, a very wide expressway. At a split with Twelfth Avenue/West Side Highway at West 22nd Street, Eleventh Avenue continues as a standard-width avenue.

Following the split, Eleventh Avenue is two-way traffic for access to 23rd and 24th Streets (to access Chelsea Piers), and is one-way southbound from 24th to 44th Streets, where two-way traffic resumes. Formerly, there was two-way traffic between 34th Street and 40th Street for access to the Lincoln Tunnel, but recent construction has made that segment of Eleventh Avenue southbound-only.

The West Side Line of the New York Central Railroad once had on-street running along part of Eleventh Avenue, popularly called "Death Avenue".[1]

The segment between approximately West 39th Street and West 59th Street is home to the largest concentration of auto dealerships in Manhattan. Mercedes-Benz is located across from the westbound Lincoln Tunnel Portal, with BMW and Lexus at the intersection with West 57th Street. Manhattan Motorcars (located at 270 Eleventh Avenue) is New York City's official Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Spyker Cars, Porsche, and Lotus dealership. As well, numerous vehicle service stations, car washes, and car rental lots are found along this stretch. This area has served the transport trade for more than a hundred years; most of the stables for New York's remaining horse cabs are located on its side streets, though many now store taxis and pedicabs.

The portion north of 59th Street is called West End Avenue, which in the 60s has mixed commercial and residential use. The northern 2 miles (3.2 km) are a sedate Upper West Side residential street ending at Straus Park, 106th Street and Broadway. It runs from 59th Street to its termination where it merges with Broadway at 107th Street, at Straus Park. Traffic is two way, except for the northernmost block.

In 1934, a bill was passed for the Henry Hudson Parkway to be constructed, meant to be an alternative route to "Death Avenue".

Points of interest[edit]

Points of interest on or within one block of 11th Avenue include:

Mass transit[edit]

Starting late 2014, Eleventh Avenue will be served by the New York City Subway's 7 <7> trains built with the 7 Subway Extension, at a station under the avenue at 34th Street.[4]

Also, starting in September 2014, the New York City Bus's M12 route will serve the avenue.[5][6]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Staff. "State may regulate tracks in 11th Ave.; Court Denies Right of City to Disturb New York Central in Use of the Street.", The New York Times, May 20, 1911. Accessed August 7, 2009. "...the way had been opened through the decision for settling the so-called 'Death Avenue' problem".
  2. ^ "Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban buy apartment with 'sky garage'", The Canberra Times, 21 December 2010
  3. ^ "Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott found dead in apartment" by Gordon Rayner, Hannah Furness, Philip Sherwell, The Daily Telegraph (London), 17 March 2014
  4. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (February 27, 2014). "7 line extension opening now projected for November". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "MTA's Far West Side Bus Route Redrawn as Locals Call for More Buses - Hell's Kitchen & Clinton - DNAinfo.com New York". Dnainfo.com. 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  6. ^ "MTA - Public Hearings". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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