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Broadway (Manhattan)

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Broadway (/ˈbrɔːdw/) is a road in the U.S. state of New York. Broadway runs from State Street at Bowling Green for 13 mi (20.9 km) through the borough of Manhattan, over the Broadway Bridge, and 2 mi (3.2 km) through the Bronx, exiting north from New York City to run an additional 18 mi (29.0 km) through the Westchester County municipalities of Yonkers, Hastings-On-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow, after which the road continues, but is no longer called "Broadway".[notes 1][notes 2] The latter portion of Broadway comprises a portion of US Route 9.

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Broadway in Manhattan

Broadway through Manhattan, the Bronx and lower Westchester County is highlighted in red
Length33 mi (53 km)
LocationNew York City (Manhattan and The Bronx) and Westchester County, U.S.
South endBattery Place in Financial District, Manhattan, New York City
North endUS_9.svgNY-117.svg US 9 / NY 117 in Sleepy Hollow

It is the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City, with much of the current street beginning as the Wickquasgeck trail before the arrival of Europeans. This then formed the basis for one of the primary thoroughfares of the Dutch New Amsterdam colony, which continued under British rule, although most of it did not bear its current name until the late 19th century. Some portions of Broadway in Manhattan are interrupted for continuous traffic, including Times Square, Herald Square, and Union Square.

Broadway in Manhattan is known widely as the heart of the American commercial theatrical industry, and is used as a metonym for it, as well as in the names of alternative theatrical ventures such as Off-Broadway and Off-off-Broadway.

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