57th Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°45′54″N 73°58′43″W / 40.7649°N 73.9787°W / 40.7649; -73.9787

57th Street
East 57th St Apartments.jpg
Apartment buildings lining East 57th Street between First Avenue and Sutton Place
West end West Side Highway
East end York Avenue/Sutton Place

57th Street is one of New York City's major thoroughfares, which runs east-west in the Midtown section of the borough of Manhattan, from the New York City Department of Sanitation's dock on the Hudson River at the West Side Highway to a small park overlooking the East River built on a platform suspended above the FDR Drive. It is two blocks south of Central Park between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. 57th Street is notable for prestigious art galleries,[1] restaurants and up-market shops.[2]

From west to east[edit]

The Hearst Tower at 300 West 57th Street

Over its two-mile (3 km) length, 57th Street passes through several distinct neighborhoods with differing mixes of commercial, retail, and residential uses.[3]

The first block of 57th Street, at its western end at 12th Avenue near the Hudson River waterfront, is home to the new West 57 building. From there to Tenth Avenue are low-rise industrial properties, several automobile dealerships, and small-scale residential buildings. Much of south side of the block between 11th and 10th Avenues is occupied by the CBS Broadcast Center, which is the network's primary East Coast production facility. The street's name was used by CBS to title a newsmagazine program produced by the network in the late 80's, West 57th.

From 10th Avenue to Eighth Avenue, larger residential buildings appear. Beginning at Eighth Avenue and continuing east through the core of Midtown Manhattan, the street is dominated by very large commercial and residential towers, such as at the Hearst Tower at the southwest corner of 57th Street and Eighth Avenue. This stretch of 57th Street is home to several large hotels such as Le Parker Meridien and well known restaurants such as the Russian Tea Room (both between Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue), and the offices of several magazines including The Economist. The corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue is home to the city-owned performance venue Carnegie Hall.

The mid-block between Seventh and Sixth avenues is a terminus of a north-south pedestrian avenue named Sixth and a Half Avenue.[4]

The interior of Carnegie Hall
The Art Students League at 215 West 57th Street
Calvary Baptist Church entrance at 123 West 57th Street

East of Sixth Avenue, the street is home to numerous high-end retail establishments including Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany and Company, and Bergdorf Goodman. The stores located at 57th Street's intersections with Fifth and Madison Avenues occupy some of the most expensive real estate in the world.[5]

Commercial and retail buildings continue to dominate until Third Avenue, where the street rapidly returns to a preponderance of large residential buildings. As it continues from here through its final blocks leading to its terminus at Sutton Place, the street consists of a nearly unbroken stretch of increasingly upscale apartment buildings with doormen, awnings, and small commercial establishments such as drug stores, bank branches, and restaurants.

57th Street ends at a small city park overlooking the East River just east of Sutton Place.

Notable buildings include 300 East 57th Street by architect Emery Roth. The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is planning a large housing development in the form of a triangular pyramid at the west end of 57th street known simply as West 57.[6]

Billionaires' Row[edit]

Beginning with the construction of One57,[7] a 1,004 foot tall apartment building between Sixth and Seventh Avenues which was completed in 2014, a large number of very tall ultra-luxury residential buildings have been constructed or proposed on the section of 57th Street roughly corresponding to the southern edge of Central Park.[8] Due to the often record-breaking prices[9][10] that have been set for the apartments in these buildings, the press has dubbed this section of 57th Street as "Billionaires' Row".[11][12][13] Other projects contributing to this construction boom include the 1,396 foot tall 432 Park Avenue (located on East 57th Street and expected to be completed in 2015), the 1,438 foot tall 111 West 57th Street (expected to be completed in 2016), the 1,775 foot tall 225 West 57th Street (expected to be completed in 2018). These projects have generated controversy concerning the economic conditions[14][15] and zoning policies[16] that have encouraged these buildings, as well as the impact these towers will have on the surrounding neighborhoods and the shadows they will cast on Central Park.[17]

157 West 57th Street 
432 Park Avenue 
111 West 57th Street 



The following high-end boutiques can be found between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue:



  1. ^ Russell, John. "Three Worlds of 57th Street: The World of Art" The New York Times (April 24, 1988)
  2. ^ Brown, Patricia Leigh. "Three Worlds of 57th Street: The World of Shopping" The New York Times (April 24, 1988)
  3. ^ Horsley, Carter B. "57th Street" in The City Review
  4. ^ "City Room: Officially Marking a New Manhattan Avenue", New York Times (July 13, 2012) – accessed July 31, 2012
  5. ^ Woolsey, Matt "Worlds Most Valuable Addresses", article in Forbes magazine, December 22, 2008
  6. ^ Robbie Whelan, "New Face of Design", Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Justin Davidson,"Giants in Our Midst: The first of the 1,000-footers stomps onto 57th Street", New York Magazine, September 15, 2013
  8. ^ Julie Zeveloff, "New York's iconic skyline will look incredibly different in just a few years", Business Insider, June 14, 2015
  9. ^ "$100.4 Million Sale at One57",New York Times, January 23, 2015
  10. ^ Hiten Samtani and Tess Hofmann, "Saudi billionaire said to be buyer of $95M penthouse at 432 Park",The Real Deal, May 28, 2015
  11. ^ Julie Satow, "Moving In, Slowly, to ‘Billionaires’ Row’", New York Times, June 27, 2014
  12. ^ Megan Willett, "THE NEW BILLIONAIRES' ROW: See The Incredible Transformation Of New York's 57th Street, Business Insider, September 2, 2014
  13. ^ Paul Goldberger, "Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?", Vanity Fair, May 2014
  14. ^ Zoe Rosenberg, "New York's Megatower Boom Reduced To Mere 'Vertical Money'",Curbed, March 18, 2015
  15. ^ Kriston Capps, "Why Billionaires Don't Pay Property Taxes in New York", Citylab, May 11, 2015
  16. ^ "Why 57th Street Is the Supertall Tower Mecca of New York", Curbed, September 25, 2014
  17. ^ Margot Adler, "New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers", NPR, April 23, 2014

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