New York City Information -2-

vicnytn3[1]When out and about in mid-town, you will note that some businesses or residences have an address like 210 W. 57th Street, while others might have an address like 210 E. 57th Street. You might ask yourself “What is the dividing line between East and West with respect to addresses”?
The answer is quite simple but very important to remember if you want to navigate around the city with ease. Fifth Avenue is the dividing line between East and West.
In my prior post, I mentioned that the streets in mid-town Manhattan run East and West, while the Avenues run North and South. If you are walking along Fifth Avenue facing North (remember that the street numbers are higher as you walk North), then any address to the left of you will be W. 57th, or W 58th, etc., while the addresses to the right of you will be E. 57th or E. 58th street. Easy enough, eh?
One last point for today. The numbering or naming of the avenues changes somewhat depending on your location in the city, but for our purposes let’s assume that we are in mid-town near the Theaters and restaurants on W. 44th Street.

 
MidGridAfter looking at my amateurish illustration above, you will notice several things –
-1- When I published this post, a portion of the right side of the illustration was cut off, and I’m too lazy to go back and change the coding for this page. Consequently, while the Hudson River is shown on the left (or West side of the drawing), conspicuously absent is the East river on the right (or East side of the drawing). But just remember, Manhattan is bordered on the West side by the Hudson River and on the East side by the East River.
-2- Starting on the East side of the island, the Avenues begin with 1st Avenue, and the Avenues are consecutively numbered in a Westerly direction ending (at this location) with 12th Avenue at the far West side.
-3- As is usually the case with New York, there are always exceptions to the rule, and the naming of the Avenues is one of these exceptions. While the numbering proceeds in a predictable manner – 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., and 3rd Ave., you will notice there is no 4th Avenue. Instead, there are three named Avenues (rather than numbered avenues) between 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue.
As my NYC posts progress, I will give you easy ways to remember the naming of Avenues, the naming of bridges, etc. through the use of mnemonics, or as I like to call them – Memory Pegs. Now let me give you the first memory pegs, which at first blush seem somewhat silly, but nevertheless will stay in your memory and help you navigate New York City when the need arises. I began this post by assuming that we are driving in mid-town Manhattan. Assume that you were driving Northbound on 1st Avenue and made a left turn onto E.45th Street. You just passed 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. – now which Avenues come next? Easy – call on your first memory pegs – Let’s Park in Mid-town (LPM). After you pass 3rd Avenue the next avenue is Lexington Ave. The next Avenue will be Park Ave. Then comes Madison Ave. After Madison, the numbered Avenues progress in a Westerly direction – 5th, 6th, 7th Ave. through to 12th Avenue. Let’s Park in Mid-town — (LPM) — Lexington, Park, Madison — Easy enough?
Because this might be too much to take in all at once, let me give you an interesting fact about New York City (or as us Yankees call it “The City”). The largest Sunday edition of the New York Times was published on September 14th, 1987. It contained more than 1600 pages and weighed in at more than 12 pounds!
More info on navigating in NYC will be coming shortly.

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