By: Jarrod Grim
One of New York’s most famous streets has been named one of the top ten great streets in America. The American Planning Association recently included Broadway – the 14-mile, north-south thoroughfare that begins in Lower Manhattan at Bowling Green – in its annual compilation “Great Places in America.” The organization lists the great neighborhoods, streets and public spaces in the United States.
When the Dutch founded New Amsterdam at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1626, what would become Broadway was a trail made by Native American inhabitants. The Dutch turned it into the main road through the island of Manhattan. Today, Broadway defines neighborhoods and creates distinct personalities as it traverses Manhattan. Significant buildings and attractions are dotted along Broadway in Lower Manhattan:
• Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House;
• Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel;
• Woolworth Building – once the world’s tallest building;
• City Hall – the oldest functioning city hall in the United States;
• Canyon of Heroes – the traditional parade route of the city’s ticker-tape parades that have celebrated the end of World War II, the Apollo 11 astronauts and sports championships, among many other noteworthy events and individuals.
To read more about Broadway’s designation as one of America’s Great Streets and other nominees, read more at the American Planning Association here.