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Monday, December 25, 2023

Broadway is the most famous and longest street in New York

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023

Broadway is the longest street in New York and perhaps the most famous in all of America. The road runs through the whole of Manhattan, crossing almost all areas and avenues of the city, it follows all the way to Albany. All things considered, the length of Broadway is 53 km (25 of which are Manhattan), this is one of the ten longest streets in the world.

Broadway Street Map, NY

The map shows that Broadway stretches through the entire city in a direction to the north, through small towns, almost all the way to Albany. It is unlikely that anyone will be able to overcome even half the street in one day.

It is interesting that it is not the only street in New York that is called this way, there are three more with the same name. They are in Brooklyn, Queens  and Staten Island. However, it is Manhattan Broadway that is famous all over the world.

Broadway Street
Wall Street Broadway

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Broadway is the most famous and longest street in New York

Broadway is strikingly different from the streets of other cities (for example, Nevsky Prospekt or Champs Elysees). There are no elite hotels, buildings that house government agencies, or major city museums. Broadway is, first of all, bright advertising, neon lights, theater posters and entertainment shows.


Broadway acquired its original image even before Columbus discovered America. With its borders, the "wide road" resembles an Indian trail that connects the two parts of the island (southern and northern). With the arrival of the Dutch in this territory (at the beginning of the 17th century), the Indian trail became even more relevant. It was the future Broadway that became the connecting link between the first settlements on the island ( Harlem  and New Amsterdam) of immigrants from Europe. After New Amsterdam changed its name to New York, and power passed from the Dutch to the British, the street became known as Broadway.

The rapid development of New York falls on the end of the 18th century, when the War of Independence  and the creation of a new state was completed. The city acquired the status of the economic center of the country. In 1792, the world-famous Stock Exchange began to operate in New York, and some time later the city turned into the most densely populated center in the United States, where over 60 thousand inhabitants are accommodated in a small area. At the beginning of the 19th century, a plan for large-scale urban development was developed.

Following this plan, impressive buildings were envisaged on the site of the natural landscape.

The look on Broadway:

The architectural plan, as a whole, has been translated into reality, and Broadway stands out from the rest of the straight streets. Only Broadway has the right to twist and turn. The beginning of the street (in the south), which is located on the outskirts of Manhattan, looks like ancient Jewish streets and serves as a reminder of the area's colonial past. Here is the famous Green Square (Bowling Green) in Manhattan. The square got its name a long time ago, when people respected in the area gathered here to play skittles.

Broadway Theater
Broadway Theater

In the recent past, on the fence of the square there was a sign with information that the Indians received goods for Manhattan Island, which was estimated at 60 guilders, and this happened right here. You can learn about the life of the Indians by visiting the architectural monument of this area of ​​Broadway, the National Museum of the Indians of America. It is located in a building built at the beginning of the 20th century, previously there was a customs house.


Another symbol of South Broadway is the bull, made of bronze. He was moved here from the Exchange building. This monument symbolises modern values, the bull is a broker who bulls in a stable stock market. This sculpture is the personification of development and business success. There are always many tourists in this area of ​​the market who are interested in seeing how the American financial pendulum functions.

In the recent past, the world-famous twin towers towered here. On the opposite side of Broadway is the Church of the Holy Trinity, once it was the tallest building in the city and served as a landmark for ships heading to the city.

H&M Store, Broadway, Times Square - NYC
H&M Store, Broadway, Times Square nyc

At the intersection of Broadway and 81st Avenue is the main New York grocery store, which has an incredibly diverse range. The second floor of the store is filled with kitchen utensils from the most famous brands in the world.

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Walking Broadway:

A pedestrian crosses the Harlem River on the Broadway Bridge. Farther on is Isham Park, Fort Tryon Park with its Cloister Museum… Here Broadway looks neither glitzy nor famous. After walking for many kilometer, the tourist passes by the Trinity Cemetery and the huge Gothic Church of the Intercession and walks along the Upper West Side. But the main part of Broadway is ahead. Past Columbia University, past the Metropolitan Opera House, the tourist heads to Columbus Circle, where the Columbus Monument rises. You can relax in Central Park in order to move on with new forces - to the Theater District.

The "Great White Way" is the name given in New York to the area between 42nd and 53rd Streets, which includes the Theater District and Times Square. The nickname appeared at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries due to the fact that Broadway was flooded with advertising lights (in 1880 it became one of the first streets in the United States illuminated by electricity). Around the famous Times Square and now all the skyscrapers are in billboards, and Broadway theaters, as before, invite to the premieres of musicals. Here, Broadway looks the way the tourist imagined it: bright and exciting.

Broadway Street
Walking on Broadway Street

Further, the traveler notes other world-famous sights - here is 5th Avenue, here is the Iron skyscraper near Madison Square, here is Soho with its cobbled streets, cast-iron facades, galleries and boutiques, here is the Woolworth Building, Wall Street and the famous bronze bull , near which everyone is always photographed. This lower stretch of Broadway, from Bowling Green to City Hall Park, called the Canyon of Heroes, is famous for ticker tape parades. The first such spontaneously took place in 1886, during the opening of the Statue of Liberty: employees threw telegraph tapes with stock market quotes into the air - like a serpentine. Later, parades (already with real serpentine and confetti) were held more than once - for example, in 1927 in honor of Charles Lindbergh, who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

Broadway walking, ends his journey at Number One Broadway House (once upon a time this neoclassical building was the headquarters of George Washington). 


The Broadway Theater & theatrical life

What makes the Broadway famous? Of course, the theatrical life, which is concentrated on Broadway. Every day, in the evening, many performances are staged here, for the most part, these are musicals. Any artist dreams of playing on the stage of theaters located on Broadway. Celebrities such as Feodor Chaliapin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and many other prominent cultural figures performed here.

Among other things, Broadway is a group of commercial theaters that are located in New York. They are located along the street, forming the Theater District of Manhattan.


For performances that are staged on Broadway, there is a very prestigious Tony Award. It is awarded every year for special achievements in American theatrical activity.

In any of his theaters every day is sold out, despite the fact that the cost of tickets cannot be called affordable. According to tourists, visiting theaters on Broadway is one of the most popular entertainments. It is impossible, being on Broadway, not to visit one of the luxurious musicals.

When planning a trip to New York, you should definitely visit Broadway. Millions of tourists who have visited Broadway are trying to take incredibly beautiful photos, reminiscent of an unforgettable journey.

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How much does a Broadway musical ticket cost?

Tickets for Broadway musicals

The cost of tickets for Broadway musicals depends on the specific show, on average: premium orchestra - $300-$350. orchestra (our parterre) – $180-$200. mezzanine - from $90 (back rows of the amphitheater) to $200 (front rows of the amphitheater).

Broadway Street walking video:

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