Broadway - Antique Images
The famous Broadway is a street in Manhattan, specially the part that houses several theaters. Broadway is a historic road in the City of New York that runs from State Street, in Manhattan, to Westchester County. It is the oldest south-north main thoroughfare in the City. Broadway is also a metonym for the theatrical activity in the City of New York. There are also other streets named Broadway the City: in Queens and in Brooklyn.
At the time of the Dutch, in the 17th century, Bowling Green, where Broadway begins, was the most popular part of New Amsterdam. On the site of today's number one Broadway (occupied by Washington Building) stood a tavern kept by Pieter Kocks, an officer of the Dutch service. Broadway was known as Heeren Strast by the Dutch. After the English took over the City, they changed the name to Broad Way.
Broadway was first paved, about 1666, in the middle of the street with pebble stones. The sidewalks were not paved. Asphalt pavement was laid down in 1900. Several of the early skyscrapers in NYC were built along Broadway.
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