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Madison Avenue in Manhattan

Madison Avenue is an unplanned one-way street wedged into New York City. However, today it’s simply impossible to survive without it - New York without Madison Avenue is like a person without personality.

Madison Avenue Story: Golden Miles

The street owes its appearance on the map to businessman Samuel Ruggles. He lobbied for the Lexington and Madison Avenue construction project for his own selfish interests - in order to improve access to transport for his commercial facilities. He was not particularly interested in everything else, so the Madison project involved one-way traffic and fairly dense buildings.

Madison Avenue crossroads in Manhattan, New York - American ButlerThe idea was approved in 1836, and the Manhattan plan was drawn up 25 years ago. Therefore, the street does not have a serial number - it should not have existed at all. In order to somehow justify the line that suddenly rushed into the city, it was decided to name the street in honor of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. But as soon as the work was completed, the opinion of skeptics changed dramatically.

Neighbors Madison - Fifth Avenue and Fourth, she is also Park Avenue. All the fashionable buildings over time began to creep into Madison: she was quieter, more comfortable and at the same time had a crazy traffic density. The road was convenient for local residents, and the townspeople set records for the duration of walks along it.

By the beginning of the 20th century, almost all the fashion boutiques of the time had settled on the street, and the advertising agencies occupied the upper floors of the buildings. Because of this, Madison Avenue has become a household name for the marketing and advertising industry throughout the country.

However, there are still a large number of residential buildings on both sides of the street. The cost of space in them is terrible to call, and despite this, there is always a queue behind the mansions on Madison. Buying at least a corner here, even if you have money, is a great success.

Little Cultural Revolution Madison Avenue

Another rebellious story from the 80s is associated with this street. Then the movie Splash was released, telling the story of a mermaid girl. Turning into a person, she gave herself a name, calling the first word from a street sign - Madison.

Prior to this, the name Madison, which had the Scandinavian roots (literally meant “son of Maud”), was used only by men. As a last resort, as a surname. But the heroine of the film was so fond of the Americans that the newborn girls soon began to be named after her. So the name Madison became feminine and still occupies a place in the top of the most popular names for children.

Madison Avenue, Manhattan - photo of shops on the street - American Butler

Достопримечательности Нью-Йорка — фото улицы Мэдисон-авеню в Манхэттене — American ButlerWhat to see on Madison Avenue

  • Perhaps the most visible inhabitant of Madison Avenue is the triangular iron skyscraper, Flatiron Building. A whole story is connected with him, about which we have already written in more detail. For its era, the building was not only an architectural, but also a moral breakthrough. Madison Ave once again proved to people that “beautiful” and “good” are not synonyms for “typical”, “boring”, “well-planned”.
  • In addition to Flatiron, Madison Avenue has the pathos headquarters of Manhattan Life Insurance Building. Yes, much higher - 33 floors versus 22. But this is nothing more than a high-altitude arms race - from an architectural point of view, the "iron" remains the dominant. However, the taste and color, as you know ...
  • Also here is the Madison Square Garden Sports Arena. She is the home stadium of the New York NBA Basketball League and NHL Hockey teams - they say that it is here that both win the most. In addition, the Madison Square Garden regularly hosts grandiose concerts of world music stars.

Madison Avenue Festival

Twice a year, a Sunday fair is held on the street. Every Sunday in February and August, Madison Avenue traffic is blocked from 42nd to 55th Street. On this site, everyone can present their goods - food, clothes, shoes, books, handmade jewelry.

In fact, no topics were laid in the fair, just a fun Sunday gathering in the city center. There are a lot of entertainment venues, street musicians play, cafes work on a special menu. If you want to see the real soul of the city - go straight to such Sunday fairs.

We promise that Madison Avenue will occupy a special place in your heart.

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