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F.Y.I. Q. address numbers in Manhattan are intuitively on the crossroads, but not so much on the highways. You can thank a group of Fifth Avenue bonzes who did not want to refresh their head. Unfortunately, there was a crucial mistake: each additional block on the same road was given the next number, regardless of whether it was adjoining the former block or divided by free spaces.
The Fifth Avenue was used as a line in 1838 and the crossroads were called "East" and "West", as in West 42st St. The number of addresses rose on the northern side of Street 13 as people left Fifth Avenue in both directions along the crossroads. 100 numbers were allocated to each of the blocks of a road between two main roads.
For example, the adresses on the bloc between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue took numbers 1 to 99, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue 100-199 and so on. When most of Manhattan's roads became more standardised, there was much joy among the censuses, postmen and taxpayers as well as the editors of municipal registers, the forerunner of telephone registers, said Reuben Rose-Redwood, an extraordinary prof of Geography at the University of Victoria, who has been studying this story.
However, the alleys would not be similarly domesticated. The numbers had already begun on the alleys that were to determine the length of the isle, but there was no consistence. The numbers of the buildings began at different intersection roads; on the western side of some alleys and on the eastern side of others uneven numbers appear.
In 1940, after the town postmasters proposed a three-part trusted to the inhabitants of Queens: the crossroad immediately southward, then a dash, then a building number. As an example, Amsterdam 74-01 Amsterdam would be the first property on the western side of Amsterdam Boulevard just off Wall 74.
Fifth Avenue Association. "The Fifth Avenue's commercial documents, letterhead, machinery and product advertisements with the house number of its creators would have to be altered at great expense," complained a member of the group. However, not all addresses are carved in stones, as the mayors have the authority to re-number them.
To quote three such metamorphosis, the mundane 111 East45th Street, 164 West66th Street and 470 Eighth Avenue became the more prestige 237 Park Avenue, Three Lincoln Center and 12 Penn Plaza - much to the regret of cabbies, contingency workers and others whose work was dependent on the foreseeability of the addressing system.
Naturally, the street addresses before the 1811 raster have their own logical (or missing). You just go to the West Village with the headline: