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Where is the widest part of Manhattan, New York?

Question #2969. Asked by Tom.

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I can't find confirmation of this, but looking at the atlas, the widest part of Manhattan appears to run through the middle of Central Park.

Jun 01 2000, 12:55 PM
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Maybe someone from New York confirm this.

"Fire companies dreaded a call to Grand Street, which ran east-west at Manhattan's widest part."

The widest part of Manhattan lies in the area between cobble-stoned Canal Street and Fourteenth Streets. Today this section of city blocks: Canal, Houston and Delancey streets is crowded and raucous but still the most ethnically diverse area of the city.

Grand Street is a street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It runs east-west parallel to and south of Delancey Street, from Little Italy to the East River.




Feb 13 2008, 9:45 PM
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The area from the Chelsea Piers to the East River just South of Stuyvesant Town is quite possibly Manhattan at its widest, but there is one spot, 88th Street, that I believe, no, I am quite certain, is a few hundred feet wider.

If one includes the length of the piers, 14th Street may be wider.

But, one can not traverse Manhattan in a straight line above 59th Street until one reaches 97 Street. Central Park does a great job of dividing the City.

Feb 14 2008, 12:02 AM
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