Fifth Avenue located in the center of Manhattan , New York City, is ranking as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Almost any upscale retailer has a prestigious store located at this street but is not just a shopping street. Along Central Park, which borders Fifth Avenue, the street becomes more residential where visitors can find palatial homes, grand churches , historic buildings and a large number of interesting museums (Museum Mile).
Fifth Avenue starts just north of Washington Square and goes all the way north up to 143rd street in Harlem. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Fifth Avenue as being the most expensive street in the world.
The high status of Fifth Avenue was confirmed in 1862, when Caroline Schermerhorn Astor settled on the southwest corner of Thirty-fourth Street . Originally a narrower thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue south of Central Park was widened in 1908, to accommodate the increasing traffic. The first commercial building on Fifth Avenue was erected by Benjamin Altman in 1906 and was called B. Altman and Company. During the 19th and early 20 century many rich industrials settled here along Fifth Avenue. They built fabulous mansions with views of Central Park. Many of these magnificent buildings are now home to museums.
In January 1922, the city reacted to complaints about the ongoing replacement of Fifth Avenue’s mansions by apartment buildings by restricting the height of future structures to 75 feet but Architect J. E. R. Carpenter brought suit, and won a verdict overturning the height restriction in 1923.
Fifth Avenue carries one-way traffic downtown from 135th Street to Washington Square Park, with the changeover from two-way traffic taking place in 1966 . In 2008, The New York Times reported that the New York City area Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s bus division is considering the use of double-decker buses on Fifth Avenue once again, where they were operated by the Fifth Avenue Coach Company until 1953.
Bicycling on Fifth Avenue ranges from safe with a bike lane south of 23rd Street, to scenic along Central Park, to dangerous through Midtown with very heavy traffic during rush hours.
In July 1987, then New York City Mayor Edward Koch proposed banning bicycling on Fifth, Park, and Madison Avenues during weekdays, but many bicyclists protested and had the ban overturned
Fifth Avenue is the traditional route for many parades in New York City the longest running parade being the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Many airlines established ticketing offices along Fifth Avenue. After1992, the number of ticketing offices along Fifth Avenue decreased. Pan American World Airways went out of business, while Air France, Finnair, and KLM moved their ticket offices to other areas in Midtown Manhattan.
There are enough over-the-top shopping opportunities on Fifth Avenue to satisfy everyone’s taste but women will love shopping here at : Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Emanuel Ungaro, Gucci, Ferragamo, and Versace. Men can check out Bergdorf Men, Brooks Brothers, the NBA Store or at the famous Apple Store.