West Broadway

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West Broadway
NYCDOT West Broadway Sign.svg
Looking north towards Grand Street
Looking north towards Grand Street
Other name(s) LaGuardia Place
Owner City of New York
Maintained by NYCDOT
Length 1.4 mi[1] (2.3 km)
Postal code 10017, 10013, 10012
Nearest metro station Chambers Street NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg
Franklin Street NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg
Canal Street NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg
South end Vesey Street in Financial District
North end Washington Square South in Greenwich Village
East Church Street (south of Canal)
Wooster Street (north of Canal)
West Greenwich Street (south of Chambers)
Hudson Street (Chambers to Leonard)
Varick Street (Leonard to Canal)
Thompson Street (north of Canal)

West Broadway is a north-south street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, separated into two parts by Tribeca Park. The northern part begins at Tribeca Park, near the intersection of Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), Walker Street and Beach Street in Tribeca. It runs northbound as a one-way street past Canal Street and becomes two-way at the intersection with Grand Street one block farther north. West Broadway then operates as a main north-south thoroughfare through SoHo until its northern end at Houston Street, on the border between SoHo and Greenwich Village. North of Houston Street, it is designated as LaGuardia Place, which continues until Washington Square South.

The southern part of West Broadway runs southbound from Tribeca Park[note 1] through the TriBeCa neighborhood, ending at Park Place. Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, West Broadway continued southward into the World Trade Center site, ending at Vesey Street. It was once considered "Rotten Row".[2]

History[edit]

The street now called "West Broadway" existed as early as 1767, but was not named on the map it appeared on at that time. However, by 1797 it was called "Chapel Street". The section of the street between Barclay Street and Murray Street was called "College Place" on an 1831 map. Ten years later, the entire street was renamed "West Broadway", with the same purpose behind the renaming of East Broadway, to reduce the traffic congestion on Broadway itself,[3] although as late as 1852 a map showed "College Place" being the name from at least Barclay Street to Chambers Street.[4]

The section of the street north of Houston Street is named "LaGuardia Place" after former mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, and features LaGuardia Gardens, between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets, which includes a commissioned statue of the "Little Flower", as LaGuardia was nicknamed. Sculpted by Neil Estern, with a pedestal designed by architect Ruth Shapiro, the bronze statue was dedicated in 1994, and was commissioned and donated to the city by the Friends of LaGuardia Place.[5] The sculpture was commissioned as part of a project to beautify and revitalize that section of the street, whose buildings had been torn down many years before by Robert Moses to be part of the Fifth Avenue South connector to his never-built Lower Manhattan Expressway.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The downtown M20 bus runs on West Broadway from the five-way intersection with Varick Street and Leonard Street, where Varick Street merges into West Broadway, until Chambers Street, where it turns right/west off West Broadway.[7]

The Franklin Street and Chambers Street stations of the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (1 2 3 trains) are located on West Broadway.[8]

References[edit]

Informational notes

  1. ^ Although the neighborhood is "TriBeCa", the park is called by the city's Parks Department "Tribeca Park". See "Tribeca Park" New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

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