Manhattan's most important east/west roadway, the 42nd Street, is thought of as the center line of Manhattan. The street gave its name to a Hollywood musical, later adapted as a Broadway musical. On West 42th Street lies Conde Nast Building (that houses The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Wired, among other publications). Here is also Bryant Park, where once lay the Crystal Palace, a exuberant seven-story exhibition space built in 1853, made of glass and cast iron, that housed America's first world's fair, before burning down in 1858. By the 1970s, the park was known mainly as a drug market, but it has become now a highly valued urban space. We find also on E 42th Street the New York Public Library, one of the biggest in the world, the Chrysler Building and the United Nations Headquarters.
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