| German Broadway|
1.6 mi (2.6 km)
100 feet (30.48 m)
| 10024 (west), 10028 (east)|
86th Street is a major two-way street in the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan.
On the West Side its continuous cliff-wall of apartment blocks including The Belnord is broken by two contrasting landmarked churches at prominent corner sites, the Tuscan Renaissance Saints Paul and Andrew United Methodist Church at the corner of West End Avenue, and the rusticated brownstone Romanesque Revival West-Park Presbyterian Church at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue.
86th Street (Manhattan) Wikipedia
The street was designated by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 as one of 15 east-west streets that would be 100 feet (30 m) in width (while other streets were designated as 60 feet (18 m) in width).
Until the years following World War II, Yorkville on the East Side was a predominantly German community, and East 86th Street was nicknamed the German Broadway. The early settlement originally clustered around the 86th Street stop of the New York and Harlem Railroad. Since the late 1980s, nearly all distinctly German shops have disappeared, apart from a few restaurants on Second Avenue. The street was commonly considered a boundary for public utilities. For example, different telephone exchanges at East 79th and 97th Streets served the north and south sides of the street. Local number portability in the early 21st century allowed transferring phone numbers to either side.
A sunken street through Central Park, the 86th Street Transverse or Transverse Road #3, connects to the east side on 84th (eastbound) and 85th (westbound) streets. Miners Gate provides pedestrian access to the park at East 86th, and Mariners Gate at West 85th.
Before the subway opened on Lexington Avenue in 1917, a railroad station existed on Park Avenue, currently a right-of-way for the Metro North Railroad between 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal; it opened in May 1876 and closed in approximately 1903, and an emergency exit is the only vestige of the station's existence.
The M86 Select Bus Service bus serves the street. Until the 1950s, the Second Avenue and Third Avenue elevated lines served 86th Street on the East Side.
The New York and Harlem Railroad used to operate an 86th Street rail line which ran on the surface from Central Park West, through Central Park and on to York Avenue. The line then turned north and terminated at the Astoria Ferry landing at 92nd Street.
It is currently served by the following New York City Subway stations:86th Street at Broadway serving the 1 2 trains
86th Street at Central Park West serving the A B C trains
86th Street at Lexington Avenue serving the 4 5 6 <6> trains
86th Street at Second Avenue serving the N Q trains
The Metro-North Railroad has an abandoned underground station at 86th Street and Park Avenue.Paula Barbieri – actress
Elaine Kaufman (former) – owner and operator of Elaine's
Rush Limbaugh (former) – radio talk show host
Mary Tyler Moore – actress
John Paulson– hedge fund manager
Joe Namath (former) – Professional football player
Diamond Jim Brady (former) – businessman and philanthropist
Katie Couric (former) – news anchor
Susan Crile – artist
Tom Cruise (former) – actor, lived at 50 West 86th Street in 1981
King Curtis (former) – saxophone player, lived and died at 50 West 86th Street
Art D'Lugoff (former) – owner of The Village Gate
Matt Damon – actor
Robert Downey Jr./Sarah Jessica Parker (former) – actors; lived together at 50 West 86th Street
Robert Duvall– actor
Renee Fleming – opera "diva"
Joe Franklin – radio and television personality
Emir Gamsızoğlu – concert pianist
Andrew Goodman (former) – Queens College anthropology student, Freedom Summer volunteer of the Congress of Racial Equality, famed civil rights activist and martyr, close friend of Paul Simon
William Randolph Hearst (former) – publishing magnate
Amos E. Joel, Jr. (former) – inventor of the cellular phone
John F. Kennedy Jr. (former) – publisher and son of John F. Kennedy
Christine Lahti – actress
Ege Maltepe – actress and playwright
Grete Mosheim Gould – German silent film actress
Zero Mostel (former) – actor
Julianne Moore (former) – actress
Richard Rodgers (former) – composer
Emery Roth (former) – Beaux Arts and Art Deco architect who designed The Normandy where he lived
Jami Floyd – TV anchor
Isabella Rossellini (former) – actress
Isaac Bashevis Singer (former) – Nobel Prize winning author; West 86th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue was renamed Isaac Bashevis Singer Boulevard in his honor
Mira Sorvino – actress
Paul Sorvino (former) – actor
Lee Strasberg (former) – acting teacher and actor
Moon Zappa (former) – actress, musician and author, eldest daughter of Frank Zappa in the early 1990s