Broadway

Broadway, famous thoroughfare in New York City. It extends from Bowling Green near the foot of Manhattan island N to 262d St. in the Bronx. Throughout its length Broadway is chiefly a commercial street. In lower Manhattan it runs through the financial center of the country; N of Union Square (14th St.) it passes a merchandising section; further N around Herald Square there are large department stores; finally around Times Square (42d St.), which has undergone significant redevelopment, it enters the theater district, or the "Great White Way," the most storied portion of Broadway. Points of interest along Broadway include Trinity Church (Wall St.); St. Paul's Chapel, built 1766 (near City Hall); the Woolworth Building (at Barclay St.); the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (64th–66th streets); Columbia Univ. (113th–121st streets); the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (168th St.); and Van Cortlandt Park (at the north end of the city). Broadway was laid out by the Dutch and was the principal street of New Amsterdam; its northern stretches in Manhattan were formerly called Bloomingdale Road.

See D. W. Dunlap, On Broadway (1990).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way
Steven Adler.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2004
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
Stacy Wolf.
Oxford University Press, 2010
Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim
Geoffrey Block.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Lighting Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1990
Bobbi Owen.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Scenic Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1990
Bobbi Owen.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Costume Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1985
Bobbi Owen.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Broadway Talks: What Professionals Think about Commercial Theater in America
Arvid F. Sponberg.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Every Week, a Broadway Revue: The Tamiment Playhouse, 1921-1960
Martha Schmoyer Lomonaco.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Broadway Scrapbook
Brooks Atkinson.
Theatre Arts, 1947
The Bishop of Broadway: the Life & Work of David Belasco
Craig Timberlake.
Library Publishers, 1954
Dictionary of the Black Theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Selected Harlem Theatre
Allen Woll.
Greenwood Press, 1983
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