In New York, 4th Avenue is known as Park Avenue. This 140 foot (43 meter) wide boulevard carries two-way traffic, running north and south through Manhattan. It runs parallel to Madison Avenue to the west and Lexington Avenue to the east, for most of its length. There is a median dividing the traffic lanes that contains flowers and greenery, with Christmas trees in December. Originating at the Bowery, from Cooper Square at 8th Street to Union Square at 14th Street, this road is still known as Fourth Avenue. From 14th Street to 17th Street, 4th Avenue forms the eastern boundary of Union Square, and the rod is known as Union Square East. At this location its southbound lanes merge with Broadway for this distance. Moving on from 17th Street to 32nd Street, the avenue changes names again, and becomes Park Avenue South. Once above 32nd Street, and for the rest of its run, it is known as Park Avenue. From 33rd Street to 40th Street, the left-hand northbound lane moves into the Murray Hill Tunnel. Once it crosses 40th street, the center lanes of Park Avenue rise onto an elevated structure that splits around Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building. The traffic is carried around opposite sides of the building. It then crosses over the bridge, one of two structures in Manhattan known as the Park Avenue Viaduct, and returns to ground level at 46th Street after going through the Helmsley Building. Park Avenue comes to an end just north of 132nd Street, and connects to the Harlem River Drive. On the other side of the river, in the Bronx by the street just east of the railroad, the road continues under the name Park Avenue.
Park Avenue (4th Avenue) is home to many luxury hotels representing the hospitality industry, including Doral Park Avenue, The Drake Swissotel, Hotel Giraffe, Regency Hotel, the iconic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and the W Hotel-Union Square. Park Avenue serves as headquarters for financial corporations such as JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Citigroup, Colgate-Palmolive, and MetLife which is housed in the MetLife Building. This area is home to some of the most exclusive office space in the city.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Park Avenue offers many dining, clubbing and other entertainment options along its length. Many of these options are housed in the luxury hotels, such as the Waldorf-Astoria and provide a classy alternative to the norm. At Union Square and Park Avenue there is a large Barnes and Noble book store which is a popular stop for students.
Grand Central Station, or simply Grand Central, is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. This rail terminal serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York State, and Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. Park Avenue (4th Avenue) is located within 16 miles of LaGuardia International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Both of these airports provide access to regional and international flights.