Manhattan Webcam


This is a view looking north up Fifth Avenue from the southeast corner of 45th Street.
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Manhattan Webcam / Fifth Avenue


Fifth Avenue
Originally a narrower thoroughfare, much of Fifth Avenue south of Central Park was widened in 1908 to accommodate the increasing traffic. The midtown blocks, now famously commercial, were largely a residential district until the turn of the 20th Century. 

While most areas of Manhattan have gone in and out of fashion, 5th Avenue has always meant high-society--from its beginnings as a row of elite townhouses to its current status as a pricey shopping district.
5th Avenue divides most Manhattan streets into East and West--street addresses generally start counting upwards from here in either direction.