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Manhattan Street Named Midtown’s Ugliest Block

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"Ugliest Street" (credit: Google Maps)

“Ugliest Street” (credit: Google Maps)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — One block in midtown Manhattan is considered by some critics to be a bruise on the Big Apple, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports.

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The winner of the title for ugliest block in midtown is 35th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Municipal Art Society member Frank Addeo told the Daily News that the boring brick and shuttered back entrances on the block drive him crazy.

“It kinda looks bad, it really does,” one New Yorker told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.

“In the night you see all trash…garbage all over,” another man said, “yeah, it is the ugliest block.”

Addeo highlighted the block during the “Ugly Streets” walking tour that was part of a two-day summit focused on the challenges the city faces.

The presence of Macy’s loading dock, scaffolding, the lack of natural light and little street life were the determining factors in the Municipal Art Society’s designation for the block.

Addeo gave the prize for “most-improved” stretch in Midtown to Broadway near Herald Square.

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