14th Street looking west from Fifth Avenue
|Length||2.0 mi (3.2 km)|
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|Postal code||10014, 10011, 10003, 10009|
|West end||NY 9A (11th Avenue) in Chelsea / Meatpacking|
|East end||Avenue C in East Village / Stuyvesant Town|
14th Street is a major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, traveling between Eleventh Avenue on Manhattan's West Side and Avenue C on Manhattan's East Side. It forms a boundary between several neighborhoods and is sometimes considered the border between Lower Manhattan and Midtown Manhattan.
At Broadway, 14th Street forms the southern boundary of Union Square. It is also considered the northern boundary of Greenwich Village, Alphabet City, and the East Village, and the southern boundary of Chelsea, Flatiron/Lower Midtown, and Gramercy. West of Third Avenue, 14th Street marks the southern terminus of western Manhattan's grid system. North of 14th Street, the streets make up a near-perfect grid that runs in numerical order. South of 14th, the grid continues in the East Village almost perfectly, but not so in Greenwich Village, where an older and less uniform grid plan applies.
In the earlier history of New York City 14th Street was an upscale location, but it lost its glamour and status as the city grew northward. Currently it is primarily zoned as a commercial street.
The street was designated by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 as the southernmost of 15 east–west streets that would be 100 feet (30 m) in width (while other streets were designated as 60 feet (18 m) wide).
West 14th Street begins at an interchange with New York State Route 9A northeast of Greenwich Village. At the end of the interchange, it intersects with 10th Avenue. The street continues east, intersecting with Washington Street, Ninth Avenue/Hudson Street, Eighth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Fifth Avenue. After Fifth Avenue, West 14th Street becomes East 14th Street and goes on to form the southern border of Union Square between University Place and Fourth Avenue. East of Fourth Avenue, 14th Street forms the southern end of Irving Place, a north-south road that terminates at Gramercy Park. 14th Street then intersects with Third Avenue, which forms the border between the neighborhoods of the East Village to the south and Gramercy to the north. The street goes on to intersect with Second Avenue. At First Avenue, 14th Street widens from a four-lane road to a six-lane divided boulevard with a westbound service road. It then intersects with the main thoroughfares of Alphabet City: Avenue A, Avenue B, and Avenue C, where the street terminates. It formerly terminated at FDR Drive via an on-ramp to the southbound FDR before the September 11 attacks, when the New York Police Department vacated the portion between Avenue C and FDR due to the presence of the nearby ConEdison East River Generating Station along 14th and 15th Streets as a possible terrorist target.
Starting in July 2019, vehicle restrictions will be enacted on 14th Street between Third and Ninth Avenues from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The only vehicles that could use the busway would be buses, trucks making deliveries on 14th Street, emergency and Access-A-Ride vehicles, and local traffic traveling for no more than one block.:63–64
14th Street is well served by the New York City Subway. The BMT Canarsie Line (L train) runs underneath 14th Street from Eighth Avenue to the East River, stopping at Eighth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Union Square, Third Avenue, and First Avenue. Additionally, every line that crosses 14th Street has a stop there:
- 14th Street–Union Square on the BMT Canarsie Line, BMT Broadway Line, and IRT Lexington Avenue Line serving the 4, 5, 6, <6>, L, N, Q, R, and W trains
- 14th Street/Sixth Avenue on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, BMT Canarsie Line, and IND Sixth Avenue Line serving the 1, 2, 3, F and <F>, L, and M trains
- 14th Street–Eighth Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line and IND Eighth Avenue Line serving the A, C, E, and L trains
In the past, every former IRT elevated line had a station at 14th Street:
- 14th Street on the IRT Second Avenue Line
- 14th Street on the IRT Third Avenue Line
- 14th Street on the IRT Sixth Avenue Line
- 14th Street on the IRT Ninth Avenue Line
Bus rapid transit
Alongside the Canarsie Tunnel closure between 2019 and 2020, the New York City Department of Transportation planned to convert 14th Street between Third and Ninth Avenues into a bus-only corridor during rush hours. A new Select Bus Service bus rapid transit route was to be implemented across 14th Street. At the time, the M14A/D routes were among the busiest and slowest NYCT bus routes. The M14A/D were converted to Select Bus Service routes on July 1, 2019.
The 14th Street busway was inspired by a successful project on Toronto's King Street, which sped up transit times for transit riders on the 504 King streetcar route, the Toronto Transit Commission's busiest surface route. As part of the busway plan, the only vehicles that could use the busway, between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, would be buses, trucks making deliveries on 14th Street, emergency and Access-A-Ride vehicles. Local traffic would be required to turn off 14th Street at the next intersection.:63–64 Arthur Schwartz, a lawyer who lives on nearby 12th Street, blocked the plan by filing several injunctions to halt its implementation. As a result, the busway was not implemented as scheduled in July 2019. The implementation of the busway was pushed back to August 2019, before being prevented once again, pending an appeal.
Points of interest
From west to east, points of interest include:
- Hudson River Park
- High Line
- Fourteenth Street Theatre, located at 107 West 14th Street just west of Sixth Avenue; demolished in 1938.
- Union Square Park
- Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.
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