8th Avenue


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Eighth Avenue is a north-south avenue on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City, carrying northbound traffic. Eighth Avenue begins in the West Village neighborhood at Abingdon Square (where Hudson Street becomes 8th Avenue at an intersection with Bleecker Street) and runs north for 44 blocks through Chelsea, the Garment District, Hell's Kitchen's east end, Midtown and the Broadway Theatre District before if finally enters Columbus Circle (at 59th Street).
North of Columbus Circle, the roadway becomes Central Park West, a two-way street along Central Park. North of the traffic circle at 110th Street, it is Frederick Douglass Boulevard, though sometimes still unofficially referred to as Eighth Avenue. Fredrick Douglass Boulevard eventually terminates near the Harlem River at the Harlem River Drive around West 159th Street. While the avenue has different names at different points in Manhattan, Eighth Avenue is actually one continuous stretch of road.
The IND Eighth Avenue Line runs under Eighth Avenue.
Since the 1990s, Eighth Avenue that runs through Greenwich Village and its adjacent Chelsea neighborhood has been a center of the city's gay community, with bars and restaurants catering to gay men. In fact, New York City's annual gay pride parade takes place along the Greenwich Village section of Eighth Avenue. Also, along with Times Square, the portion of Eighth Avenue from 42nd Street to 50th Street was an informal red-light district in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s before it was controversially renovated into a more family friendly environment under the first mayoral administration of Rudolph Giuliani.
Points of interest on or within one block of Eighth Avenue are:
In 2010 the East Coast headquarters of Google moved in Eighth Avenue .
The Hotel Chelsea (on 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth)
The Fashion Institute of Technology (at 26th/27th Streets)
Madison Square Garden and Penn Station (between 31st and 33rd Streets)
James Farley Post Office
The New York Times Building at 40th Street
The Port Authority Bus Terminal (between 40th and 42nd Streets)
One Worldwide Plaza
Hearst Tower
Soros Foundation and Open Society Institute headquarters on West 59th Street
111 Eighth Avenue the Art Deco former Inland Freight Terminal of the Port Authority is the eighth-largest commercial structure in Manhattan.