Houston Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°43′29″N 73°59′41″W / 40.7248°N 73.9946°W / 40.7248; -73.9946

Houston Street (pronounced /ˈhaʊstən/, HOW-stən) is a major east-west thoroughfare in downtown Manhattan, running crosstown across the full width of the island of Manhattan, from the FDR Drive and East River Park on the East River to Pier 40 and West Street on the Hudson River. It generally serves as the boundary between neighborhoods, with Alphabet City, the East Village, NoHo, Greenwich Village and the West Village lying to the north of the street, and the Lower East Side, most of The Bowery, Nolita and SoHo to the south.

The numeric street-naming grid in Manhattan, created as part of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, begins immediately north of Houston Street with 1st Street at Avenue A, although the grid does not fully come into effect until 13th Street.[1]



Houston Street begins at an interchange with the FDR Drive at East River Park. The road begins as a divided highway and intersects with Columbia Street and East 2nd Street. Avenue B and several local streets intersect the road. After the intersection with the Bowery, Houston Street becomes a regular two-way city street and continues west. Lafayette Street and Broadway intersect soon after. After the Broadway intersection, East Houston Street becomes West Houston Street.

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