10 Facts About Sixth Avenue


Sixth Avenue – known as Avenue of the Americas, although this name is seldom used by New Yorkers – is a major thoroughfare in New York City's borough of Manhattan, on which traffic runs northbound, or "uptown".

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Sixth Avenue begins four blocks below Canal Street, at Franklin Street in TriBeCa, where the northbound Church Street divides into Sixth Avenue to the left and the local continuation of Church Street to the right, which then ends at Canal Street.

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The IRT Sixth Avenue Line elevated railway was constructed on Sixth Avenue in 1878, darkening the street and reducing its real-estate value.

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In late 1887, the Harlem portion of what was then considered Sixth Avenue was renamed Lenox Avenue for philanthropist James Lenox; it was later co-named Malcolm X Boulevard, in honor of the slain civil rights leader, a century later.

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The Sixth Avenue extension was opened to traffic in 1930, and the subway line was completed two years later.

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Demolition of the Sixth Avenue elevated railway resulted in accelerated commercial development of the avenue in Midtown.

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Sixth Avenue is the site of the annual Village Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village and the Dominican Day Parade in Midtown.

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Sixth Avenue is served by the New York City Subway with the IND Sixth Avenue Line north of Houston Street, and the IND Eighth Avenue Line south of Greenwich Avenue.

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The Harlem portion of Sixth Avenue is served by the IRT Lenox Avenue Line north of Central Park North .

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Sixth Avenue is referenced both in the name and in the lyrics of "6th Sixth Avenue Heartache" by The Wallflowers.

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