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  1. Madison Avenue(ProperNoun)

    An avenue in Manhattan, New York, known as the center of the American advertising industry.

  2. Madison Avenue(ProperNoun)

    This industry, whatever location.

  3. Origin: From Madison Avenue, a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, where advertising boomed in the 1920s.

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  1. Madison Avenue

    Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States, that carries northbound one-way traffic. It runs from Madison Square to the Madison Avenue Bridge at 138th Street. In doing so, it passes through Midtown, the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem, and Harlem. It is named after and arises from Madison Square, which is itself named after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States. Since the 1920s, the street's name has been synonymous with the American advertising industry. Madison Avenue was not part of the original New York City street grid established in the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, and was carved between Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue in 1836, due to the effort of lawyer and real estate developer Samuel B. Ruggles, a graduate of Yale University who had previously purchased and developed New York's Gramercy Park in 1831, who was in part responsible for the development of Union Square, and who also named Lexington Avenue.


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