West 72 Street, East 72 Street

Westbound Views

East 72 Street begins at a dead end near the East River. For the first block, it is a two-lane undivided road. There is a double yellow line down the middle, but it is badly faded away and therefore difficult to see in the pictures. There is a traffic light with an oversized street name sign at York Avenue.
Photos taken April 2012.
West of York Avenue, East 72 Street widens to four lanes. There is a traffic light with an oversized street name sign at 1 Avenue.
Photo taken April 2012.
The transverse road that crosses Central Park and connects East 72 Street to West 72 Street is different from the other transverse roads in that it is a westbound one-way street. It is also different in that it has no overpasses. Instead, it merges with the Park Drive and then immediately splits off again. Bear left at the first fork and left at the second fork to stay on the transverse road. On the weekends, this transverse road is closed to automotive traffic and reserved for use by pedestrians, bicycles, and horses.
Photos taken May 2012.
The transverse road ends here at Central Park West. West 72 Street is straight ahead.
Photo taken May 2012.
West 72 Street runs west across the Upper West Side as four-lane undivided road. There is an oversized street name sign at Columbus Avenue.
Photos taken May 2011.
West 72 Street intersects Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway at a pair of traffic lights. There are oversized street name signs at both intersections. The two roads cross at West 72 Street. Northbound traffic on Broadway is forced onto Amsterdam Avenue. There is a major subway station on this block of West 72 Street.
Photos taken May 2011.
West 72 Street intersects West End Avenue at a traffic light.
Photos taken May 2011.
Riverside Drive begins on the right at this traffic light, which has an oversized street name sign. Motorists wishing to access the Henry Hudson Parkway (NY 9A) south must travel north on Riverside Drive to West 79 Street, where there is an entrance.
Photos taken May 2011.
West 72 Street ends here. There is an entrance to the Henry Hudson Parkway (NY 9A) north. Riverside Boulevard begins straight ahead.
Photos taken May 2011.

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