8th Avenue

Today I walked about 8 miles down 8th Avenue, which is also called Central Park West and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard.

 Today's walk

Today's walk

8th Avenue runs from about 160th St. in Harlem to  W 12th St. in the West Village.  It's known as Central Park West between 59th St. and 110th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. north of 110th St.

At it's north end, 8th Avenue starts next to the former location of the Polo Grounds stadium, which was the home of the New York Giants baseball team from 1891 - 1957 and the New York Giants football team from 1925 - 1955.  It was demolished in 1964 (they painted the wrecking ball to look like a baseball) after the baseball Giants moved to San Francisco and replaced with the Polo Grounds Towers, a 15 acre / 1,600 apartment public housing complex.

From there, 8th Avenue runs through Harlem to the Upper West Side, where it runs down the west border of Central Park and along one of the most expensive row of apartments (co-ops, really) in the city.  Central Park West is home to a number of famous people and America's first automobile fatality (in 1899 a taxi ran over a man exiting a street car at 74th and Central Park West).

Below Central Park, 8th Avenue runs along the western side of Times Square and the theater district (think Sbarros and gift shops), through Chelsea and into Greenwich Village, where it ends at Abingdon Square Park.