Broadway: The Longest and Most Fantastic Street in the World

Broadway: The Longest and Most Fantastic Street in the World

Broadway, the longest and most fantastic street in the world, starts its 16-mile journey from the tip of Manhattan as a shipping lane, moves a few blocks north to the Wall Street financial center, passes by the civic buildings of the city, and takes a diagonal course from Union Square through the needle-trades area between 34th and 39th Streets.

Between 42d and 53d Streets, Broadway is the Great White Way —renowned as an amusement and theatrical center. From 53rd Street to Columbus Circle it cuts through Automobile Row, center of the auto retail trade. It changes its diagonal course at 79th Street to parallel the island’s high escarpment facing the Hudson River.

Here it is lined with hotels, apartment houses, cafeterias, beauty salons, movie houses, and churches. At 114th Street it strikes a new note in the buildings of Columbia University, and another at 155th Street in a group of museums. From this point on it is a nondescript thoroughfare, ending as a semisuburban road as it approaches the city’s limits.

Hotels in New York Manhattan East Side

Hotels in New York Manhattan East Side

— Beckman Tower, 49th St. & First Avenue. Near United Nations; transient and residential; moderate.

— Belmont Plaza, 49thSt. & Lexington Ave. Large, residental and transient, moderate.

— Beverly, 125 E. 50th St. Moderate-sized, residential and transient; moderate-expensive.

— Commodore, 109 E. 42nd St. Extremely large, adjacent to Grand Central Station; specializes in banquets, conventions; moderate.

— Lexington, Lexington Ave. & 48th St. Large, residential and transient; moderate. Manger-Vanderbilt, Park Ave. & 34th St. Medium-sized; quiet at night, moderate.

— New Weston, 34 E. 50th St. Transient and tesidental; quiet; popular with international travelers; expensive.

— Roger Smith, Lexington Ave. & 47th St. Small, quiet; features suites; moderate.

— Shelburne, Lexington Ave. & 37th St. Residental and transient; quiet at night; moderate.

— Shelton Towers, Lexington Ave. & 49th St. Busy commercial; moderate.

— Sheraton East, formerly the Ambassador, Park Ave. & 51st St. Partly residential; quiet and dignified; expensive.

— Barclay, 111 E. 48th St. Moderate-sized, residental and transient, expensive.

— Berkshire, 52nd St. & Madison Ave. Moderate-sized.

— luxurious, moderate-expensive.

— Biltmore, 43rd St. & Madison Ave. Very large, partly commercial; moderate.

— Carlyle, 76th St. & Madison Ave. Out of hotel area; quiet, residential and transient, quiet; moderate-expensive.

— Delmonico, Park Ave. & 59th St. Large, expensive.

— Drake, Park Ave. & 54th St. Fairly large, centrally located, residential and transient; expensive

— Gotham, 5th Ave. & 55th St. Quiet, dignified; residential and transient; expensive.

— Park Lane, Park Ave. & 49th St. Fairly large, residential and transient; dignified; expensive.

— Pierre, 5th Ave. & 61st St. Exclusive, smart, expensive.

— Plaza, 5th Ave. & 59th St. Famous, view of Central Park; several dining rooms and night clubs; expensive.

— Roosevelt, Madison Ave. & 45th St. Large, transient with some commercial features; moderate.

— Savoy Hilton, 5th Ave. & 59th St. Large, residential and transient; moderate expensive.

— Tuscany, 120 E. 39th St. Fairly samll, residential and transient; quiet at night, expensive.

— Waldorf-Astoria, 50th St. & Park Ave. World famous, extremely large; all facilities, banquets, shops, moderate-expensive.

— Westbury, 69th St. & Madison Ave. Residential and transient, quiet, dignified; in residential area; moderate-expensive.