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Madison Square, Herald Square, Macy's & Flatiron Building, New York - "Along Broadway" Video Tours

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Published on Jul 20, 2010

In this new video tour of New York City from the series "All Along Broadway" (see the first two episodes: "Wall street" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwx_lo... ) and "Union Square" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIUXvq... ), David Hill from New York Habitat continues his stroll along Broadway and presents Midtown Manhattan and its famous squares: Madison Square, Herald Square and Greeley Square.

Broadway is one of the most famous roads in the world. It runs the length of Manhattan, from its southern tip to the northern tip of the island and continues in the Bronx, crossing many of Manhattan's neighborhoods.

History

The oldest "street" in New York City, Broadway was originally used as a trail by the Native Americans who lived here; later it was used by the Dutch settlers to travel to the northern forests to hunt.

Madison Square

Walking north along Broadway, you will reach a large intersection at Fifth Avenue and 23rd St. which creates a big square. This is Madison Square, named after the 4th U.S. President, James Madison. It was here in 1842 where some of the first amateur baseball games were ever played. They used a vacant lot in the north part of the square (corner of Madison Avenue & 27th Street). Later, the original New York Knickerbocker Baseball club, one of the first professional baseball teams, started right here.

Flatiron or Fuller Building

One of the most beautiful buildings in this square is the Fuller Building, designed by Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It was named "Fuller" after the construction company that erected it in 1902 and it was one of the tallest skyscrapers ever built in New York City as of 1902. It was soon renamed the Flatiron Building because of its triangular shape which resembles a flat iron and gives the name Flatiron District to the area.

Madison Square Park

On May 10, 1847 Madison Square Park was opened to the public and was made into an aristocratic center surrounded by nice shops and hotels. The park has a few statues.
- At the southeastern corner is the statue of Senator Roscoe Conkling, who froze to death during the great 1888 blizzard.
- In the southwestern part of the park is a statue of Secretary of State William Seward, who purchased the territory of Alaska from Russia in 1867.

Shake Shack

Entering the park from the south you will run into the Shake Shack, a popular permanent stand that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, shakes of course and even wine. You can sit under the trees, eat some local New York food and enjoy the scenery.

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Herald Square

Walking north towards the area called Midtown, you will arrive at the next square on Broadway, Herald Square. Herald Square is formed by the intersection of Broadway with 6th Avenue, also known as Avenue of the Americas, with 34th Street. It takes its name from the now defunct newspaper called The New York Herald. In the northern part of this square, you can view the statue of the Bennett family, former owners of the New York Herald.

Greeley Square

As opposed to the triangular shape of the Flatiron Building, at this intersection you can find a triangular shaped park at Greeley Square. It's a cozy park with a restaurant kiosk, tables and chairs, where many professional workers from the nearby offices and shoppers from all over like to buy their food and relax.

Macy's Department Store
One of the main attractions in Herald Square is the Macy's department store, which occupies a full city block from Broadway to 7th Avenue.

There is a lot more to discover along and around Broadway, so please be sure to check out our Blog for other video tours: http://www.nyhabitat.com/blog/2010/07...
If you know of any fun stops along Broadway, be sure to leave a comment in the comment section below.

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