Audubon Park Historic District
This way to return to your walk . . .
If New York has a Main Street - one single thoroughfare that reflects its history and foretells its future, that embodies its power and poverty, that has been shaped by its overwhelming commercial and cultural ambitions - that street is Broadway.
David W. Dunlap
The Bloomingdale Road is a continuation of Broadway, taking its rural name at the point where the great city thoroughfare touches the southwestern angle of Central park. It is Broadway run out into the country, in fact, to enjoy a breath of fresh air.
July 1, 1868
...at the Boulevard, as upper Broadway was then named, we turned northward. Over toward the river were rocky wastelands, old shanties and goats. The skyline along the Boulevard was one of telegraph poles, along bare blocks and rail fences. I liked the looks of this ungraded district; it was all up-and-down and had ponds in it.
God and My Father
1911: Broadway at 156th Street, looking south (downtown)
Clilck for a similar view today
Funded by the Audubon Park Alliance