7th Avenue South
7th Avenue South is the extension of 7th Avenue through to Varick Street. This was done in 1917 and coincided with the building of the West Side IRT which followed its route. Originally, 7th Avenue went no farther south than 11th Street, and Varick Street no farther north than Carmine Street. Their conjoining resulted in the demolition of numerous structures, and some scars in the built fabric which only slowly healed. Unlike Houston Street (see map item #13), the cut was done at an angle to the existing street grid, leaving unusually shaped triangular lots left over. Unlike 6th Avenue (see map item #8), however, these lots did not become parks, but have gradually over time been filled in with triangular structures (see left of picture). For further information, Click Here for historic maps.
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