Lexington Avenue connects East 131st Street to Gramercy Park
at East 21st Street, on the East Side of Manhattan, between
Park Avenue and 3rd Avenue. It runs 8.9
kilometers through Harlem, Carnegie Hill, the Upper East Side, Midtown and
Murray Hill. Construction of Lexington Avenue began in 1832 and was completed in
1836. Parts of it were widened in 1955 and, since 1960, it runs one-way
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- Historic images of NYC.
Lexington Avenue and Thirty-Sixth Street, looking south, in the 19th century. On
the east side is the Old Church of The Epiphany, north-east corner of 35th
Street. Source: New York Public Library.
Hotels in Lexington Avenue, north from East 46th Street (intersection in
foreground), showing north of 47th Street the hotel zone with its Lexington,
Shelton, Montclair and Beverly (later Benjamin Hotel) on the east side of
Lexington Avenue. On the left is the Grand Central Palace. Photograph in the
1930s by Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964).
Lexington Avenue, looking south from E 50th St.
Above, the 77-story Chrysler Building, located at
405 Lexington Avenue, between East 42nd Street and E 43rd Street (from post card
by Foto Seal Company, postmark date: 1944). This skyscraper, once the tallest in
the world, was completed in 1930.