New York City's expansion inspired a new demand from commuters and corporate travelers alike. In the twentieth century, midtown Manhattan became a booming district for business ventures and residencies alike. The result of this renaissance materialized itself into a new need for hotels that could cater to rail travelers. The new construction techniques developed at the time, which allowed for building directly over the tracks, opened entire blocks, turning them into prime investment opportunities. This is how a twenty-five foot wide meridian lined with trees, bushes, flowers and a winding path with benches was suddenly created. With its park-like quality, the New York Central Railroad coined it Park Avenue.