In some other states like the southwest and Florida the addresses go as high as 5-digit #s. No dash in middle either.A European friend of mine couldn't understand why address numbers in the U.S. are so high, often 3-5 digits. I had to explain the grid system to them. They said that each street there starts with 1.
Stop - Stop. Please stop I’m getting a headacheTo add to the confusion:
Manhattan street addresses follow an algorithm that allows anyone with rudimentary math skills and the following charts to find the nearest cross street for a house number on an avenue.
Take the number of the street address, drop the last digit, divide by two (essentially dividing the address by 20 but accounting for odd numbers), and add or subtract the number in the chart. For example, 945 Madison Avenue (Whitney Museum of American Art, by the way) would yield the following equation:
945 / 2 = 47 + 27 (from the chart below) = 74th Street.
*The entrance is actually closer to 75th Street, but the museum takes up the whole block so it is just as close to 74th Street.
Avenues A, B, C, D: add 3
1st Avenue: add 3
2nd Avenue: add 3
3rd Avenue: add 10
4th Avenue: add 8
63 - 108: add 11
109 - 200: add 13
201 - 400: add 16
401 - 600: add 18
601 - 775: add 20
776 - 1286: divide by 10 (instead of 20), subtract 18
1287-1500: add 45
1501 - 2000: add 24
Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue): subtract 12
1 - 1800: add 12
1801 and up: add 20
8th Avenue: add 9
9th Avenue: add 13
10th Avenue: add 14
11th Avenue: add 15
Amsterdam Avenue: add 59
Audubon Avenue: add 165
1-754: unnumbered streets, south of 8th Street
756 - 846: subtract 29
847 - 953: subtract 25
above 953: subtract 31
Central Park West: divide by 10 (not 20), add 60
Columbus Avenue: add 60
Lenox Avenue: add 110
Lexington Avenue: add 22
Madison Avenue: add 27
Manhattan Avenue: add 100
Park Avenue: add 35
Park Avenue South: add 8
Pleasant Avenue: add 101
St. Nicholas Avenue: add 110
1 - 567: divide by 10 (not 20), add 72
above 567: divide by 10 (not 20), add 78
Wadsworth Avenue add 173
West End Avenue: add 60
York Avenue: add 4
'Brooklyn is pretty easy...'Brooklyyn is pretty easy as long as you remember there is a 7th Street, North 7th Street, East 7th Street, South 7th Street, West 7th Street, Bay 7th Street, Brighton 7th Street, Flatlands 7th street, Kinsborough 7th Walk, and Paerdegat 7th Street.
My little town of 1400 has a normal numbering system for the small number of streets we have. But outside of town we have the county system for example 1700N2246E. Reminds me of map reading in Vietnam!In some other states like the southwest and Florida the addresses go as high as 5-digit #s. No dash in middle either.
Don’t forget the potholes and decade-long construction projectsA few more NYC direction challenges:
Most cities simply use numbered interstate and highway signs. NYC like names. I have always had to give a warning about highway signage - like what "BQE" means.
NYC has parkways (whch restrict trucks and commercial vehicles) and highways.
NYC has countless one-way streets.
NYC renames parks and squares and bridges which can confuse traditional directions.
NYC has countless bus lanes.
NYC has or had "Fire Lanes" which became ignored by most drivers when apparatus responds.
NYC has expensive toll bridges and tunnels and free bridges.