125th Street (Manhattan)

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West 125th Street towards the Hudson River as seen from Broadway. The IRT Broadway - Seventh Avenue Line runs here as an elevated railway
125th Street at Christmas time
125th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue

The 125th Street crosses New York City's borough Manhattan . It is considered the main street of Harlem and is also called Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard .

Location and course

East of Morningside Avenue , 125th Street runs straight through Harlem from west to east until it becomes the feeder of FDR Drive on the East River and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge .

West of Morningside Avenue, 125th continued on old Manhattan Avenue. It runs in a north-westerly direction diagonally through the districts of Manhattanville and Morningside Heights until, after the intersection with 130th Street, it becomes the feeder of the Henry Hudson Parkway on the Hudson River . This rededication of Manhattan Avenue to 125th Street came after old 125th Street west of Morningside Avenue had to give way to large apartment blocks for people on low incomes. What remains of the old 125th Street in this area is now called La Salle Street , which extends from Amsterdam Avenue to Claremont Avenue .

Many sections of the street have been gentrified since the late 1990s and upgraded with stores like MAC Cosmetics , Old Navy , H&M , CVS / pharmacy or the Magic Johnson Theaters (cinema). The famous Apollo Theater is also located here . In cooperation with the neighborhood and the city, a development plan for the 125th Street corridor has been drawn up. The aim is to further develop its strengths as a space for art and culture.

The proposal to convert 125th Street into a kind of Trans-Harlem- Expressway (Trans-Harlem-Expressway) came to an end when the funds for the intended 125th Street Hudson River Bridge were canceled.


A grave breach in the earth's crust runs under the street and is considered the 125th Street Fault ( English fault , fault '), respectively. This fault created a valley deep enough that the IRT Broadway - Seventh Avenue Line required a trestle bridge between 122nd Street and 135th Street . In the 18th century the road here was The Hollow Way (The narrow pass) called.

Local transport

The New York subway stops are along 125th Street (west to east):

The Metro-North Railroad is at Harlem - 125th Street on Park Avenue .

Known residents

Bill Clinton's office is located in Building 55 West 125th .

Former US President Bill Clinton has an office on 125th Street.

Pop Culture

In the song, I'm Waiting for the Man on the groundbreaking debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico the band Velvet Underground sings Lou Reed about waiting for a heroin drug dealer near the intersection of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue .

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC): 125TH STREET IN HARLEM. CURRENT PROJECTS. (No longer available online.) In: www.nycedc.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2007 ; accessed on July 3, 2013 .
  2. Bill Clinton Renews Lease on Harlem Office Space at dnainfo.com, November 8, 2010, accessed March 16, 2012. ( Memento of December 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Leonard, Tom: “Harlem's identity under threat from developers” , The Daily Telegraph , March 6, 2008, accessed April 8, 2008 - “ Harlem has seen rapid gentrification since the late 1990s and 125th Street - included last year in a list of America's 10 greatest streets - is now home to Bill Clinton's office. "(German:" Harlem has experienced rapid gentrification since the late 1990s and 125th Street - part of a list of the ten most important streets in America last year - is now the home of Bill Clinton's office. ")
  4. ^ The Velvet Underground, "I'm Waiting for the Man," The Velvet Underground & Nico , Verve, 1967.