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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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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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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