Driving Downtown Streets – 9th Avenue – New York City New York USA
Starting Point: 9th Avenue https://goo.gl/maps/vX2VSENfoto .
Like the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is an affluent, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in commercial areas of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. It has the reputation of being New York City’s cultural and intellectual hub, with Columbia University and Barnard College located at the north end of the neighborhood, and artistic workers, with Lincoln Center located at the south end. The Upper West Side is considered to be among New York City’s wealthiest neighborhoods.
Ninth Avenue, known as Columbus Avenue in the Upper West Side (named after Christopher Columbus), is a popular avenue on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City.
In the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Columbus Avenue passes through the Central Park West Historic District, stretching from 67th Street to 89th Street. There, the avenue presents a unified streetscape of 5- to 7-story tenement buildings of brick and brownstone with discreet Romanesque and Italianate details, employing cast terracotta details and panels and courses of angle-laid brickwork. Many ornate tin cornices remain. The buildings are separated in mid-block by the narrowest of access alleys, giving glimpses of Ailanthus foliage in the side-street yards. The repeated designs of three or four commercial speculative builders, using the same features and detailing, add to the avenue’s architectural unity. There are several generously scaled pre-World War I apartment buildings and the former Endicott Hotel, as well as a small commercial block from the office of McKim, Mead, and White at 72nd Street.
In popular culture
In the TV show Seinfeld, the street set on which most of the street scenes were filmed was based on Columbus Avenue.
Ninth Avenue is the setting of Saul Steinberg’s View of the World from 9th Avenue.
In the play “Zoo Story” by Edward Albee, Jerry claims to live between Columbus Avenue and Central Park.
Points of interest
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, on Ninth Avenue and 55th Street
American Museum of Natural History
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Church of the Holy Apostles
John Jay College
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Port Authority Bus Terminal, 41st Street
Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and its historical birthplace.
Many districts and landmarks in Manhattan are well known, as New York City received a record 61 million tourists in 2016, and Manhattan hosts three of the world’s 10 most-visited tourist attractions in 2013: Times Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Terminal. The borough hosts many prominent bridges, such as the Brooklyn Bridge; skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building; and parks, such as Central Park. Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, and the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, part of the Stonewall National Monument, is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. The City of New York was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, and the borough houses New York City Hall, the seat of the city’s government. Numerous colleges and universities are located in Manhattan,including Columbia University, New York University, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 40 in the world.