Broadway was a cow trail when Manhattan Island was first settled.
As Manhattan grew in population, Broadway became the main
thoroughfare incorporated into the entire city plan.  The above
1860 map clearly shows Broadway meandering up the Island.

 

 

This map of today shows Broadway as it runs the length of the Island.

 

This map shows today's Manhattan neighborhoods.

 

 

Midtown Manhattan East Side

 

Midtown Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building.

 

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