Friday, March 27, 2009

Greenwich Village, Fourth Avenue Between Wanamaker Place and 10th Street

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

Fourth Avenue is the shortest of our numbered avenues, a mere six blocks long, and it also slants away from Third Avenue instead of behaving like all the other avenues and lining up in a very measured parallel way. Why did they make it an avenue, anyway? Originally, at 14th street, it straightened up and became a proper avenue, but then they renamed the northern part Park Avenue and Park Avenue South. If you care about such things, please see Forgotten New York for a thorough history of this avenue.

Above is an eye-level shot of the street across the street and below is a long shot of the same buildings. Don't you wonder what those apartments looked like when they were built? Imagine living on the top floor of the tall one.

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………click to enlarge

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1 comment:

hbs said...


If you like 4th Avenue's route, you'll love 4th STREET. It starts out on the east side like any other numbered street, between 3rd and 5th Streets. Then somewhere west of 5th Avenue it decides it prefers northern climes, and starts going north til it gets to 13th Street, crossing all the other numbered streets as it marches on to 8th Avenue. That's why it is always called WEST 4th Street, to differentiate it from its brethren...