Although every New Yorker has heard of Park Avenue in Manhattan, and has perhaps even walked along it, many of them probably have no idea the extensive history behind this well-recognized thoroughfare. Prior to 1887, Park Avenue did not exist and instead this now sought over street was known as Fourth Avenue. The name Park Avenue derives from the garden malls that, although at times inconsistently, run down the center of avenue. What some may not know is why these “parks” exist in the first place.

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