Delancey Street

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Delancey Street at Bowery

Delancey Street is one of the main thoroughfares of New York City's Lower East Side in Manhattan, running from the street's western terminus at the Bowery to its eastern end at FDR Drive, connecting to the Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn at Clinton Street. It is an eight-lane, median-divided street west of Clinton Street, and a service road for the Williamsburg Bridge east of Clinton Street.. West of Bowery, Delancey Street becomes Kenmare Street, which continues as a four-lane, undivided street to Lafayette Street.

Businesses range from delis to check-cashing stores to bars. Delancey Street has long been known for its discount and bargain clothing stores. Famous establishments include the Bowery Ballroom, built in 1929, Ratner's kosher restaurant (now closed), and the Essex Street Market, which was built by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia to avoid pushcart congestion on the neighborhood's narrow streets. Until the middle 20th century, Delancey Street was a main shopping street in the predominantly Jewish Lower East Side. As of 2009, the neighborhood around Delancey is a mix of young professionals and artists along with working-class African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Chinese. Gentrification has brought more upscale retail and nightlife establishments.

Delancey Street is named after James De Lancey, Sr., whose farm was located in what is now the Lower East Side.

The New York City Subway F train, running on the IND Sixth Avenue Line, and the J M Z trains, running on the BMT Nassau Street Line, stop at Delancey Street – Essex Street (F J M Z trains). The J Z trains also stop at Bowery. The M9, M14, M15, M103, and B39 New York City Bus routes stop on Delancey Street. The Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, beneath Delancey and Essex Streets, was a station and balloon loop for streetcars crossing the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn. In 2011, a proposal was presented to create Lowline, an underground public park in which natural light would be directed using fiber optics to create a setting in which trees and grass could be grown indoors.[1][2]

Because of the extreme width of Delancey Street, and the high rate of fatalities along it, safety measures have been erected along its length. This includes pedestrian plazas, bans on left turns along the street, and pedestrian countdown signals.[3]

Kenmare Street[edit]

Kenmare Street runs westward for a total of five blocks from the Bowery to Lafayette Street. It is a major thoroughfare for traffic travelling westbound to the Holland Tunnel. The street was founded in 1911 by Tim Sullivan, the son of immigrants Daniel O’Sullivan and Catherine Connelly, who came from Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Film and TV


"Now this little story's called Delancey Street/
It's the place where clothes are bought and people meet/
Each city has a place that's quite the same/
Even though it might go by a different name."




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