155th Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°49′52″N 73°56′32″W / 40.8312°N 73.9422°W / 40.8312; -73.9422

Western end, high portion
Eastern viaduct, pictured in 1994

155th Street is a crosstown street separating the Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods, in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is the northernmost of the 155 crosstown streets mapped out in the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 that established the numbered street grid in Manhattan.[1] The street consists of a "high portion" which is a major artery through the area, as well as a lesser-used "low portion".

The "high" portion of 155th Street starts on the West Side at Riverside Drive, crossing Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, and St. Nicholas Avenue. At St. Nicholas Place, the terrain drops off steeply, forming Coogan's Bluff. 155th Street is carried on the 1,600-foot (490 m) long 155th Street Viaduct, a City Landmark constructed in 1893, that slopes down towards the Harlem River, continuing onto the Macombs Dam Bridge, crossing over (but not intersecting with) the Harlem River Drive.[2] A separate, unconnected section of 155th Street runs under the viaduct, connecting Bradhurst Avenue and the Harlem River Drive.

The New York City Subway serves the high part of 155th Street at 155th Street/St. Nicholas Avenue on the IND Eighth Avenue Line and the low portion at 155th Street/Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the IND Concourse Line.

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  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes/The 155th Street Viaduct; An Elevated 1893 Roadway With a Lacy Elegance", The New York Times, July 9, 2000. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Highbridge Park Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Directions to Rucker Park, InsideHoops.com. Accessed November 10, 2007.

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