New Arbat Street, or ulitsa Novy Arbat, is the 20th century's answer to Old Arbat Street. Originally called Kalinin Prospekt, New Arbat Street acquired its new moniker in the 1990s. New Arbat Street is lined with shops and eateries, and is almost void of the Old Moscow charm that can still be found in the architectural artifacts that signify the Arbat District's centuries-long history.
History of New Arbat Street:
Plans for New Arbat Street were conceived in the time of Stalin. It was not until the 1960s that construction of New Arbat began. Unfortunately, to make room for the new avenue, parts of the historic Arbat District had to be sacrificed. Soviet style buildings, which can be seen today, were built on and around New Arbat to complete the picture.
Attractions on New Arbat Street:
New Arbat Street runs from Arbat Square to the Novoarbatsky Bridge that crosses the Moscow River. The avenue is best for high-end shopping, dining, and entertainment, but visitors can see some Moscow sights on New Arbat Street. For example, the Church of St. Simeon Stolpnik can be found towards the Arbat Square side of New Arbat on Pavarskaya Street. On nearby Molchanovka Street, you'll find the Lermontov House Museum. The Russian White House stands at the other end of New Arbat, and if you look across the Novoarbatsky Bridge, you'll see Hotel Ukraina, one of Stalin's Seven Sisters.