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6½ Avenue

6½ Avenue looking north from 51st Street
6½ Avenue and West 51st Street in Manhattan.

6½ Avenue[1] is a north-south pedestrian passageway[2][3] in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, running from West 57th to West 51st Streets between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

The pedestrian-only avenue is a quarter-mile corridor of privately owned public spaces, such as open-access lobbies and canopied space,[4] which are open except at night. There are stop signs and stop ahead signs at 6 crossings between 51st and 56th streets. The mid-block crossing at 57th street is equipped with a traffic light.[5] At the crosswalk areas, there are sidewalk pedestrian ramps with textured surface and flexible delineators to prevent vehicles parking in the areas.[6] Each intersection along the thoroughfare has street sign that reads "6½ AV" and the name of the cross street to officially mark the street name.[7] The mid-block stop signs are unusual for Manhattan, and the avenue name involving fractions is a new idea for the numbered street system of New York City.[4]


In 2011, the

  • NYCDOT presentation

External links

  1. ^ "NYC DOT Announces Completion Of “6 ½ Avenue,” Connecting Midtown Public Spaces With New, Safer Pedestrian Crossings" (press release) New York City Department of Transportation (September 6, 2012)
  2. ^ a b "Meet Me on 6½th Avenue: DOT Planning Public Promenade Through Middle of Midtown Towers", New York Observer (March 26, 2012). Accessed: July 30, 2012
  3. ^ "New York City Mulls ’6 1/2 Avenue’ Proposal, Linking Pedestrian Walkways In Midtown", CBS New York (March 30, 2012). Accessed: July 31, 2012
  4. ^ a b c "For Walkers, a Sixth-and-a-Half Ave. May Take Shape", The New York Times (March 29, 2012). Accessed: July 30, 2012
  5. ^ City to Create New Mid-Block Crossing on West 57th Street, (November 11, 2011). Accessed: July 30, 2012
  6. ^ "Midtown Mid-Block Crossings", New York City Department of Transportation (May 10, 2012). Accessed: July 12, 2012
  7. ^ "City Room: Officially Marking a New Manhattan Avenue", The New York Times (July 13, 2012). Accessed: July 31, 2012
  8. ^ Secret Midtown Passageways Seek More Exposure, April 27, 2011 - accessed July 30, 2012
  9. ^ "Holly Whyte Way Arcade Parade", Time Out New York. Accessed: July 30, 2012
  10. ^ "New Crosswalks Connect to Form '6 1/2 Avenue' in Midtown", (July 12, 2012)
  11. ^ "New 'avenue' a stopping mall", New York Post (July 16, 2012). Accessed: July 30, 2012
  12. ^ "Stop Signs Along Midtown's 6 1/2 Avenue Catching Drivers By Surprise", CBS New York (July 19, 2012). Accessed: July 30, 2012



Some drivers have complained after the installation of the new stop signs with concerns about traffic jams.[11] Many drivers have also driven past the stop signs and the crosswalks without stopping, which could be a safety issue for pedestrians.[12]


In March 2012, NYCDOT announced the plan with a list of improvements to construct it as a new pedestrian-only avenue.[4] The $60,000 project was completed in July 2012.[10]


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