Broadway from Chambers Street North to 42.
From a tourist's point of view there is practically nothing of interest in this section beyond the usual run of building devoted to wholesale business. Aside from its being our most notable street there is little else to say about it.
Not till you come to 34th Street, which marks the beginning of the Great White Way, is there anything except Grace Church worthy of special mention. It is simply a long and busy street, just like dozens of other similar thoroughfares.
There are rows and rows of monotonous buildings, with many a derelict in between. There is nothing to relieve the dull drab of existence, as the best sellers say, except the sight of an occasional Christian firm name on a sign. This startling phenomena is readily recognized by the silent gaping throng that gathers in front of it, rooted to the spot, as it were, by the fascination of the novelty.
There is a Broadway Association that looks after the welfare of this street and does what it can to wake up some of the mediaeval landlords and bring this noted thoroughfare into the position it rightly holds as the premier street of the 'Western World. Its present collection of worn-out dwelling houses, run-down "iron fronts" and motley array of taxpayers is far from creditable.
West of Broadway opposite the City Hall, to the River, and North to 14th Street, is now wholly given over to business and shipping. The side streets are the headquarters of various important industries and about a dozen blocks are given over to the Dry Goods District. At Hudson Street and to the river, Groceries, Canned Goods, Produce, Poultry and other kindred lines congregate. Large loft buildings for manufacturing purposes of a heavy nature are frequent, and as you approach nearer to the Village, signs of persons living here are discernible. Most of them have been driven out, bdt some remain, and lately they have been joined by others.
There is little, however, of interest except perhaps the site of old St. John's Church, which the cutting through of Seventh Avenue, recently, has obliterated, till you strike Greenwich Village and the beginning of Fifth Avenue, at Washington Square.
We have now covered the principal points in the down-town section. To get our exact bearing see map. We have drawn a straight line at Chambers Street from East to West, clear across the island. All the territory South of this line is what we have just been over. We shall now go East from the City Hall to the great East Side, Chinatown and the Bowery.
Broadway divides the city into two sections: Standing anywhere on Broadway and looking North all the side streets on the right are referred to as the East side; on the left all the streets are on the West side. Bear this in mind and it will help you to locate yourself very easily.
Looking North on Broadway is uptown; looking South is downtown.
The description begins at Battery Park and the Custom House, takes in the River front both East and West, goes up Broadway to Wall Street, through Wall and the whole financial district; then back to Broadway and up to City Hall, ending at Chambers Street.
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