5th Avenue

Fifth Avenue

Fifth, or Fifth, if you will, Avenue. A concept every traveler knows and a place not to be missed. Over 10 km long, the avenue stretching across Manhattan ranks at the top of the most famous streets in the world and is one of the symbols of New York.

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Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan into a western and eastern section, beginning its journey through the city in the south at Washington Square Park and ending 6 miles north in Harlem. The stretch between 34th and 59th Streets is considered the most expensive commercial zone in the world, and the street is often compared to London's Oxford Street or Paris' Champs-Élysées.

From rich man's street to shopping area

Fifth Avenue, with its central location, was destined to become the city's main boulevard from New York's earliest days. As early as the 1880s, the lavish residences of New York's industrialists and businessmen were built on 5th Avenue, to which were gradually added the apartments and homes of famous celebrities and politicians.

This is why 5th Avenue was nicknamed Millionaire's Row at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The wealthy residential area naturally began to attract luxury shops, which were built on this avenue gradually from the beginning of the 20th century. Primarily a residential neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, it naturally transformed into the center of New York City with a plethora of shopping opportunities as construction, population and transportation grew.

Luxury boutiques

5th Avenue is undoubtedly best known for its shopping opportunities. Shops of all kinds can be found practically the entire length of the street, but the main core is located in Midtown between 34th Street and 59th Street, or between the Empire State Building and Central Park.

Here you'll find boutiques and shops from just about every high-end business in the world. Some of the biggest and most enticing shops on 5th Avenue include Tiffany & Co. Flagship Store, Bulgari, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Lindt Swiss Chocolate.

Fifth Avenue is also home to the Microsoft Store and the Apple Store.

The luxury department stores Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf Goodman are also famous.

Museum Mile

Another famous stretch of Fifth Avenue runs along the eastern edge of Central Park and is nicknamed Museum Mile due to its extraordinary concentration of museums. Here you can visit institutions such as:

Other attractions on the Fifth...

Thanks to its length and central location, Fifth Avenue boasts other sights and attractions that are simply impossible not to visit during a visit to New York City. For example, look for these attractions right on 5th Avenue:

5th Avenue Accommodation

Live in the heart of the action in a place the world knows. If this is your idea of accommodation, then Fifth Avenue can only be recommended if you are willing to accept the higher hotel rates starting at 586 eur per night.

Some of the best hotels on Fifth include the Andaz 5th Avenue **** directly across from the library or the stylish The Sherry Netherland ***** on the corner of Central Park.

Transportation on 5th Avenue

While there is no subway line directly under Fifth Avenue, there are countless stations within a 5-minute walk along the entire avenue.

One block away, under 6th Avenue, the Orange B, D, F, M subway lines run north-south.

Conversely, west-eastbound yellow lines N, R, Q, W; blue lines E, M; purple line 7 and gray line L cross Fifth Avenue.

A number of bus lines also cross the street, but because 5th Avenue is a one-way street, they only run southbound. In the opposite northbound direction, they run a block away on Madison Avenue.

For more on getting around New York City, see Transportation and Subways.

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