Park Avenue (formerly Fourth Avenue) is a 140 foot (43 meter) wide boulevard that carries north- and southbound traffic in the New York City borough of Manhattan. For most of its length, it runs parallel to Madison Avenue to the west and Lexington Avenue to the east.
The flowers and greenery in the median of Park Avenue are maintained by the Fund for Park Avenue. Begonias are a flower of choice for the Fund's gardeners because there is no automatic watering system and they can cope with the hot sun.
Each December, Christmas trees are placed in the median in a tradition that started in 1945 as a memorial to soldiers killed in action.
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... Park Avenue was originally known as Fourth Avenue and carried the tracks of the New York and Harlem Railroad starting in the 1830s ... A section of this "park" was renamed Park Avenue in 1860 ... the railroad tracks between 56th and 96th Streets were sank out of sight, and, in 1888, Park Avenue was extended to the Harlem River ...
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