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47th Street is an east-west running street between First Avenue and the West Side Highway in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. 47th Street Traffic runs one way along the street, from east to west, starting at the United Nations Headquarters.

Vanderbilt Avenue is a short street that runs from 42nd Street to 47th Street, between Madison Avenue, and Park Avenue. The street was built as the result of construction of Grand Central Terminal, and is named for the family of the terminal's original owners. Grand Central Terminal can be accessed via 47th Street through the "Northwest Passage", a 1,000-foot (300 m)-long corridor that runs parallel to the tracks, connecting to the Main Concourse by way of an entrance at the northeast corner of East 47th Street and Madison Avenue.
The portion of 47th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue is known as the Diamond District. The area is one of the five primary centers of the global diamond industry (along with London, Antwerp, Mumbai, and Johannesburg), as well as the premiere center for jewelry shopping in the city. An estimated 90% of diamonds in the United States enter through New York. There are 2,600 independent businesses located in the district, nearly all of them dealing in diamonds or jewelry, most located in booths at one of the 25 "exchanges" in the district, and in a public corridor to 46th.
The TKTS booth, after reconstructed and reopened in 2008, is located on 47th Street at Duffy Square, between Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Theater-goers may purchase Broadway theatre tickets at 25-50% off of face value for listed plays and musicals on the day of the shows. The famous firm of Morgan Stanley located kitty-corner to TKTS at Broadway and 47th Street.
Broadway theatre is well represented on West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, including the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (at 256 West 47th Street), the Ethel Barrymore Theatre at (243 West 47th Street) and the Biltmore Theater (at 261 West 47th Street).
An NHL Store stands on 6th Avenue between West 46th Street and West 47th Street.

The New York City Subway's 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center station on the IND 6th Avenue Line offers service on the B D F M trains. An underground concourse connects the station with the buildings of Rockefeller Center.
The 49th Street station on the BMT Broadway Line offers service on the N Q R trains, and is accessible via a part-time booth at Seventh Avenue and 47th Street at the south end of the station.

The Factory was Andy Warhol's original New York City studio from 1963 to 1968, although his later studios were known as The Factory as well. The Factory was located on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street, between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

* West 47th Street, co-produced by Bill Lichtenstein with his wife June Peoples, was the title of a PBS documentary that debuted on P.O.V. on August 19, 2003. The documentary focused on the mentally ill who inhabit the streets and was filmed over three years at Fountain House, a renowned 50-year-old rehabilitation center on West 47th Street.
* Seen in the John Schlesinger film Marathon Man with Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman.
* Seen in the closing scene of the Mike Nichols film Closer, starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law.
* One of the starting rounds of the famed Arcade game Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1992) portraits a rundown 47th Street in a flooded 16th Century New York.