86th Street (Manhattan)

86th Street (Manhattan)

86th Street (Manhattan)

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86th Street is a major two-way street in the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan.

On the West Side its continuous cliff-wall of apartment blocks is broken by two contrasting landmarked churches at prominent corner sites, the Tuscan Renaissance Saints Paul and Andrew United Methodist Church at the corner of West End Avenue, and the rusticated brownstone Romanesque Revival West-Park Presbyterian Church at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue.

History

Until the years following World War II, Yorkville on the East Side was a predominantly German community, and East 86th Street was nicknamed the German Broadway. The early settlement originally clustered around the 86th Street stop of the New York and Harlem Railroad. Since the late 1980s, nearly all distinctly German shops have disappeared, apart from a few restaurants on Second Avenue. The street was commonly considered a boundary for public utilities. For example, different telephone exchanges at East 79th and 97th Streets served the north and south sides of the street. Local number portability in the early 21st century allowed transferring phone numbers to either side.A sunken street through Central Park, the 86th Street Transverse or Transverse Road #3, connects to the east side on 84th (eastbound) and 85th (westbound) streets . Miners Gate provides pedestrian access to the park at East 86th, and Mariners Gate at West 85th.

Before the subway opened on Lexington Avenue in 1917, a...
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