1. Manhattan Eruv Guidelines
2. Murray Hill/Greenwich Village
3. Upper West Side/Upper East Side
4. On 55th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
5. On 56th Street, between Broadway and Tenth Avenue (Amsterdam)
6. Riverside Park
7. Amsterdam Avenue, between 126th (St. Mary’s Place) and 122nd Streets
8. Cathedral Parkway, between Columbus and Manhattan Avenues
9. 111th Street, between Manhattan Avenue and the FDR Drive
10. The intersection of 111th Street and Park Avenue
Manhattan Eruv Guidelines
Said R. Joshua ben Levi: “On what account do they prepare an eruv of courtyards? It is for the sake of peace.” There was the case of a woman who was on bad terms with her neighbor. She sent her [contribution to the] eruv with her son. The neighbor took him and hugged and kissed him. He went and told his mother this. She said, “Is this how she loved me, and I did not know about it!” They thus became friends once again. — Jerusalem Talmud, Eruvin 3:2, 20d
· Most of the Eruv consists of fishing wire strung from lamppost to lamppost. It is typically very difficult to see, even if one knows where it is. The most reliable guide to where the Eruv goes is the map and explanation. Furthermore, the wire is designed to survive all natural elements.
· On many occasions, the eruv consists of regular buildings. There are no physical markings on these buildings.
· On some occasions, there is a gap between the lamppost and the building through which eruv continues. As long as the gap is less than fifteen feet, it is considered a “gateway”, not a break.
· If one sees a fallen eruv line on Shabbat, he/she is obligated not to publicize this news for several reasons. First, the likelihood is that he is incorrect (it may be an old line or a non-eruv line). Second, even if he is correct, for everyone else, the eruv still has a chazzakah (legal inertia) of being up and they are permitted to carry.
· If there are specific inquiries regarding the precise boundaries of the eruv, one can email firstname.lastname@example.org and expect a response within a few days.
· Because of the frequency and intensity of construction efforts in New York City, one must assume that the eruv is DOWN UNTIL IT IS CHECKED. It will be checked and repaired every Thursday and Friday respectively, after which the rabbis of the congregation will be notified via email.
· The entire Manhattan eruv is under the close supervision of Mechon Lehora’ah (Monsey, NY) and the rabbis of the participating synagogues and institutions.
· The maps of the eruv should be read along with the following explanation.
For Murray Hill/Greenwich Village
1. On Sixth Avenue, only the east side of the street, between the lamposts and the buildings, is within the eruv since the eruv zigzags down 6th avenue.
2. At no point is the FDR included in the eruv.
3. One cannot carry into or out of Sty-town using the north-eastern or eastern entryways.
4. One can only access Tomkins Square Park from the north or west. The eruv zigzags up Avenue A until the western gate (intersection of St. Marks and Avenue A), at which point the eruv consists of the fence of the park. Coming from the South, the earliest one could cross Avenue A to access the park is St. Marks. Please note: There is an extra yellow line which crosses that intersection to the north which is to be disregarded.
For Upper West Side/Upper East Side
Please note: Arrows along the borders of this map mark areas where the sidewalk on only one side of the street (not including the space between the lampposts and the curb) is within the eruv. The numbers superimposed on the map reference important details below.
On Third Avenue, between 50th and 55th Streets, only the east side of the street is in the eruv.
On 55th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, only the north side of the street is in the eruv. The intersection of 6th Avenue and 55th Street is not in the eruv. Accordingly, a person walking (and carrying) westward on 55th Street should turn right on the northeast corner of the intersection, crossing 6th Avenue at 56th Street. A person walking (and carrying) southward on 6th Avenue, between 56th and 55th Streets, intending to head eastward on 55th Street, should travel on the east side of 6th Avenue and turn left on the northeast corner of the intersection with 55th Street.
On 56th Street, between Broadway and Tenth Avenue (Amsterdam), only the north side of the street is in the eruv. On Tenth Avenue, between 56th and 58th Streets, only the east side of the street is in the eruv. On 58th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh (West End) Avenues, only the north side of the street is in the eruv. On West End Avenue, between 58th and 60th Streets, only the east side of the street is in the eruv.
Riverside Park, on the east side of the West Side Highway from 72nd Street to 95th Street, is included in the eruv. Portions of Riverside Park west of the West Side Highway or north of 95th Street are not included.
On Amsterdam Avenue, between 126th (St. Mary’s Place) and 122nd Streets, only the west side of the street is in the eruv. On 126th Street (St. Mary’s Place), between Amsterdam and Broadway, only the south side of street is in the eruv.
On Cathedral Parkway, between Columbus and Manhattan Avenues, only the south side of the street is in the eruv. On Manhattan Avenue, between Cathedral Parkway and 111th Street, only the east side of the street is in the eruv.
On 111th Street, between Manhattan Avenue and the FDR Drive, only the south side of the street is in the eruv. See note 8 for an important exception to this note.
The intersection of 111th Street and Park Avenue is not included in the eruv. When walking (and carrying) east or west on 111th Street, turn south on Park Avenue and cross at 110th Street.
The FDR Drive overpass walkway at 111th Street is not included in the eruv.