79th Street (Manhattan)

Coordinates: 40°46′36″N 73°57′48″W / 40.7768°N 73.9632°W / 40.7768; -73.9632

79th Street

The Harry F. Sinclair House at 2 East 79th Street
West end Henry Hudson Parkway
East end Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive
North 80th Street
South 78th Street

79th 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 Upper East Side East 79th Street stretches from East End Avenue, passing the New York Public Library, Yorkville Branch, to Fifth Avenue, where the entrance to the 79th Street Transverse is flanked by Children's Gate. The transverse crosses Central Park; its exit at West 81st Street on the Upper West Side is flanked by Hunters' Gate. 79th Street does not exist between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, due to the superblock of Manhattan Square, largely occupied by the American Museum of Natural History. West of Columbus Avenue, 79th Street continues and terminates in Riverside Park at a traffic circle directly after the exit/entrance ramps for the Henry Hudson Parkway, under which sit the 79th Street Boat Basin and its cafe.

On the west side, the street is entirely within the boundaries of ZIP Code 10024; on the east side, as of July 1, 2007, the ZIP Code for this part of the Lenox Hill Post Office Branch changed from 10021 to 10075.[1]


Lucerne Apartments, 201 West 79th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue (Harry B. Mulliken, architect, as Hotel Lucerne, 1903–04)
The Palladian style NYPL Yorkville Branch Library at 222 East 79th Street (James Brown Lord, 1902) fits between modest townhouse facades; bronze owls stand in the mezzanine windows
The Greek Consulate occupies the former George L. Rives residence, 67–69 East 79th Street (Carrère and Hastings, 1907–08) [2]
St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, 1881–83[3]

The street was designated by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 that established the Manhattan street grid as one of 15 east-west streets that would be 100 feet (30 m) in width (while other streets were designated as 60 feet (18 m) in width).[4]

The interchange on the Hudson River and the boat basin was first proposed in 1934 and was constructed by 1937 during the tenure of Robert Moses as Parks Commissioner. It was part of the "79th Street Grade Crossing Elimination Structure" which created a grand architectural multi-level entry and exit from the Henry Hudson Parkway while eliminating a grade crossing of the New York Central Railroad's West Side Line by covering it over and creating the Freedom Tunnel.[5] Designed by Gilmore David Clarke, the Works Projects Administration provided $5.1 million for the project, which also included an underground parking garage, a restaurant, and the marina.[6]


The 79th Street station on the New York City Subway's IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line is located at the intersection of 79th Street and Broadway, it is served by 1  train during the daytime and 1 2 trains during late nights. The 77th Street station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, two blocks south, is served by 6 <6> trains during the daytime and 4 6 trains during late nights.[7]

The M79 crosstown bus route runs from between the 79th Street Boat Basin and East End Avenue at all times.[8][9]

Notable locations

Notable residents



  1. 10021 Zip Code Split, Representative Carolyn Maloney press release. Accessed August 1, 2008.
  2. landmarks Preservation Commission: Description and analysis May 19, 1981
  3. St. Monica's parish history
  4. Morris, Gouverneur, De Witt, Simeon, and Rutherford, John [sic] (March 1811) "Remarks Of The Commissioners For Laying Out Streets And Roads In The City Of New York, Under The Act Of April 3, 1807", Cornell University Library. Accessed June 27, 2016. "These streets are all sixty feet wide except fifteen, which are one hundred feet wide, viz.: Numbers fourteen, twenty-three, thirty-four, forty-two, fifty-seven, seventy-two, seventy-nine, eighty-six, ninety-six, one hundred and six, one hundred and sixteen, one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred and thirty-five, one hundred and forty-five, and one hundred and fifty-five--the block or space between them being in general about two hundred feet."
  5. "West Side Traffic to Run on 4 Levels - Grade Elimination Structure at 79th St. Announced as Part of Park Plan - Motorists to be Aided - Express Highway Will Pass Over Central Tracks With Pedestrian Arcade Below.", The New York Times, June 15, 1934. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  6. Henry Hudson Parkway.
  7. "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  8. "M79 Bus Timetable Effective as of April 3, 2016", New York City Bus. E
  9. "Manhattan Bus Map", New York City Bus.
  10. Acitelli, Tom. "The Sit-Down:Morrison Heckscher, On the Park", The New York Observer, March 25, 2008. Accessed August 1, 2008. "And the receiving reservoir of the Croton Aqueduct System—on a high plot of land between 79th and 86th streets, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, right outside my office there—that was completed in 1842."
  11. Richard Lezin, Jones (November 11, 2001). "Billionaire Next Door Is a Regular Kind of Guy". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  12. Arnold, Hallie. "One more drug offense could land Garfunkel in jail", Kingston Daily Freeman, August 31, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2008. "Garfunkel, who lives on East 79th Street in Manhattan, pleaded guilty in that case and paid a $100 fine and a $100 surcharge."
  13. Hakim, Danny; and O'Connor, Ahmad. "Spitzer to Resign Soon; Paterson Set as Successor", The New York Times, March 12, 2008. Accessed August 1, 2008. "Mr. Spitzer, who had been holed up at his apartment at Fifth Avenue and 79th Street in Manhattan since issuing an apology on Tuesday, emerged at about 11:15 a.m."
  14. Haden-Guest, Anthony. "Vanity fare: She is the legendary New York socialite: stick thin, fabulously wealthy and dressed head to toe in couture. Here, Nan Kempner reveals why she hates fat people... but loves high fashion and junk food", The Observer, August 12, 2001. Accessed August 1, 2008. "There are two paintings by the great Surrealist René Magritte in the living room of the apartment where Kempner lives with her broker husband, Thomas, on Park Avenue and 79th Street."
  15. Christopher Gray, "The New York Society Library: The John S. Rogers House", 2008

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