The Dakota Apartments, located at 1 West 72nd Street
|Length||1.6 mi (2.6 km)|
|Width||100 feet (30.48 m)|
|Postal code||10023 (west), 10021 (east)|
|West end||NY 9A / Henry Hudson Parkway / Riverside Boulevard in Riverside South|
|East end||Dead end in Upper East Side|
72nd Street is one of the major bi-directional crosstown streets in New York City's borough of Manhattan. The street primarily runs through the Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods. It is one of the few streets to go through Central Park via Women's Gate, Terrace Drive, and Inventors Gate, though Terrace Drive is often closed to vehicular traffic.
The street was designated by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 that established the Manhattan street grid as one of 15 east-west streets that would be 100 feet (30 m) in width (while other streets were designated as 60 feet (18 m) in width).
On October 11, 2006, the Belaire Apartments, a 50-story apartment complex located at 524 E. 72nd Street between York Avenue and the FDR Drive, was the site of a plane crash involving Cory Lidle's aircraft.
At Third Avenue, the Tower East apartment block (1960) set a new model for high-rise residences: a slab tower set back from the street front and isolated on a low base.
The architects McKim, Mead & White’s mansion for Charles L. Tiffany, built in 1882 at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue, was demolished in 1936 and replaced by an apartment block (19 East 72nd Street) designed by the architects Mott B. Schmidt and Rosario Candela.). The Rhinelander Mansion, on the southeast corner, is now occupied by Ralph Lauren.
The mansion that once stood at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue was the first of the Gilded Age mansions to be replaced by an apartment block, 907 Fifth Avenue.
The Park & Tilford Building, on the southwest cornet of West 72nd St and Columbus Avenue, built by the eponymous retailer, was designed by McKim Mead and White. The New York Times observed that the opening in September 1893, "was attended by hundreds, who admired the building and the artistic display of goods." The article added "There is no business building more handsome on the west side" and the New-York Tribune called it "a decided architectural ornament to the neighborhood." The building was converted into residential apartments in 1972.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument at the southern tip of Riverside Park marks the intersection of 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. The Chatsworth Apartments (344 West 72nd Street), a designated landmark designed by the architect John E. Scharsmith, sits at 72nd Street's western end, where it curves into Riverside Boulevard.
72nd Street has three New York City Subway stops along its length:
- 72nd Street at Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue served by the 1, 2, and 3 trains
- 72nd Street at Central Park West served by the A, B, and C trains
- 72nd Street at Second Avenue served by the M, N, Q, and R trains
The M72 provides crosstown bus service to Upper East Side – York Avenue (eastbound) or West Side – Freedom Place (westbound) via 72nd Street. The M72 bus crosses Central Park at 65th Street, because Terrace Drive within the park is often closed to vehicular traffic.
- Manny Acta, major league baseball manager, 524 East 72nd Street
- Robert Agostinelli, self-made billionaire financier, 36 East 72nd Street
- Allan Arbus, actor, 319 East 72nd Street
- Arthur Ashe, tennis player, 360 East 72nd Street
- Ivan Boesky, stock trader, 524 East 72nd Street
- Carol Higgins Clark, mystery author, 524 East 72nd Street
- Thomas E. Dewey, two-time Governor of New York, 141 East 72nd Street
- Marc Eidlitz, builder, 123 East 72nd Street
- Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, 160 East 72nd Street
- Alex Gard, cartoonist
- George Gershwin, composer and pianist, 132 East 72nd Street
- Hugh J. Grant, mayor of New York City, 20 East 72nd Street
- Margaux Hemingway, model and actress, 12 East 72nd Street
- Louise Huff, actress, 155 East 72nd Street
- John Lennon, musician, songwriter, 1 West 72nd Street
- Barbara Margolis, prisoners' rights advocate, 30 East 72nd Street
- David Margolis, industrialist, 30 East 72nd Street
- Louis Marshall, lawyer, 47 East 72nd Street
- James Merrill, poet, author of "164 East 72nd Street"
- Yoko Ono, artist, activist, 1 West 72nd Street
- Dorothy Parker, writer, satirist, 214 West 72nd Street 
- George Plimpton, writer, editor, New York City fireworks commissioner, 541 East 72nd Street
- Marvin R. Shanken, publisher, 524 East 72nd Street
- Winthrop H. Smith, investment banker
- Harold Stanley, cofounder of Morgan Stanley, 4 East 72nd Street
- John Steinbeck, writer, 190 and 206 East 72nd Street
- James Stillman, businessman, 9 East 72nd Street
- Aileen Osborn Webb, patron of crafts
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- Google (January 8, 2017). "72nd Street" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
- Morris, Gouverneur, De Witt, Simeon, and Rutherford, John [sic] (March 1811) "Remarks Of The Commissioners For Laying Out Streets And Roads In The City Of New York, Under The Act Of April 3, 1807", Cornell University Library. Accessed June 27, 2016. "These streets are all sixty feet wide except fifteen, which are one hundred feet wide, viz.: Numbers fourteen, twenty-three, thirty-four, forty-two, fifty-seven, seventy-two, seventy-nine, eighty-six, ninety-six, one hundred and six, one hundred and sixteen, one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred and thirty-five, one hundred and forty-five, and one hundred and fifty-five--the block or space between them being in general about two hundred feet."
-  The upper East Side Book: Tower East
-  The Upper East Side Book: 19 East 72nd Street.
- ‘The Park & Tilford Building - 100 West 72nd Street’, Tom Miller, http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-park-tilford-bld, June 20, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2011-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Landmarks Preservation Commission: Chatsworth Apartments
- Patrick Bunyan. All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Don Bachardy. Stars in My Eyes. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Howard Pollack. George Gershwin: His Life and Work. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- "Harold Stanley, 77, is Dead". The New York Times. May 15, 1963. Retrieved 12 December 2015.