Starting in the corner of the island, 1st St. at 1st Ave. Okay, there's a whole lot more island on all sides of this intersection. The East Village uses letters, progressing eastward from 1st Ave. starting with A. To the south, streets transition from numbers to names and get a whole lot more confusing. 1st St. is by no means the bottom of Manhattan, just the bottom of the street grid.
Down in the Battery Park area - I think this is the only Tunnel shield extant. The BBT is I-478, which was once considered to extend up the West Side Highway corridor at least as far as the Holland Tunnel/I-78.
The first two show off both the current method of street signage (back in the '80's, signs were black on yellow, no Statues of Liberty) and how many streets have dual designations, particularly in high-traffic areas. Practically every block in Times Square is named after someone, and when NY ran out of people, it continued giving out the special designations. (OK, so 42nd St. reinvented itself. Shut up already.) The brown signs are for historic districts, in this case Central Park Historic Landmark. The Upper West, Lower East, etc. sides, neighborhoods, sections, and other designations all have special "brownies". Betcha never expected me to mention special brownies.
Be careful walking at Delancey and Orchard.
Looking up 3rd Ave. from Cooper Square.
The Meatpacking District is full of cobblestone streets, all the better to channel the slaughter blood away in rivulets to drain straight into the Hudson River. Best sausage you've ever had, though. The first two photos are Gansevoort St. and 13th St., both facing east from Washington St. The third photo looks west on 14th St. toward the High Line (a former elevated freight railroad) and the fourth photo looks back east from the High Line, showcasing a rare multi-lane cobblestone road. The last photo will surprise you: this is the end of mighty 9th Avenue, looking south.
Speaking of the High Line, here's a view looking west from Washington St. at 13th St.
Staying downtown, heading east to Avenue of the Finest, a former street in front of the NYPD headquarters that's been made pedestrian-only for security reasons. This is right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, which explains the low clearance (along Rose St. to the left).
8th Ave. at 39th St.
EB and WB on 33rd St. at Blarney Rock Pub (I think; I lost the sheet of paper where I wrote down the name, if I ever wrote the name down at all). The paint job is completely wrong on the WB side (vehicular traffic is eastbound-only) - you can tell from the awkward 5 and the clear 3 under the 7. The EB side is correct, right down to the 3/4, but what you can barely see inside the arrow on the left is a "30" - I wonder if this refers to some sort of Route 30 in Ireland? The route is now N87, according to Google Maps, and this sign was apparently taken from Bawnboy.
Crossing Times Square or the Bowery (the second photo is on Division St. WB), the red arrow is what you don't do. Scares pedestrians and bicyclists.
Children of the '60's know this sign well, but most are gone by now.
There are now "Thru Streets" in NYC, to move traffic quickly across Midtown toward the Queensboro/59th St. Bridge, Queens-Midtown Tunnel (I-495), and Lincoln Tunnel (NY 495 to NJ 495), as well as to the West Side Highway/West Street (NY 9A) and FDR Drive.
While we're looking at modern signs, have a gander at 57th St. at 2nd Ave., the only place to catch a bus to Shepshead Bay.
The first sign is from Central Park South, for the Columbus Circle, and the second is above the circle itself, one of the only overhead signs in NYC not related to a river crossing or a freeway.
Central Park's roadways were designed in the 19th century for carriages, and yet have held up surprisingly well into the 21st century. The roads open to vehicular travel are a loop around the park (with two cut-throughs) and a series of crossovers that pass under both sides of the loop without any connection. Click for a video of the 85th Street Transverse, which actually takes 85th St. (WB) and 84th St. (EB) from the east side and turns them into 86th St. on the west side.