8.4 out of 10

5th Ave, Harlem

Ranked 1st best street in Harlem
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Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"The New York Street"

5th Avenue is always really busy but never ugly. It's a rare New York street that hasn't really changed and has always been oozing of money. All of the high end, the beautiful, the very New York things seem to reside on 5th Avenue
5th Avenue at Central Park South / 59th has two New York Legends: The Sherry Netherland Hotel and Cipriani. The Sherry opened in 1927 and it is a gorgeous hotel designed by the same team as the Waldorf Astoria. Tons of people have stayed in / lived in this hotel throughout the years. Francis Ford Coppola lived there for so long, that it was Sofia Coppola's childhood home. Cipriani is the restaurant in the hotel and it has become symbolic of old money-ed New York power eating. I tend to think it has a bit of a Eurotrashy vibe but it's definitely still noteworthy.
Bergdorf and The Old Squibb building are right at 58th and Van Cleef and Louis Vuitton are at the other end of the block. 5th Avenue is the kind of high end shopping that you hear and see about in the movies. It is unreal how many crazy expensive stores line the blocks on 5th Avenue. I was blown away when I first moved here and saw the famous 5th Avenue. The Tiffany is at 57th and 5th is lovely to see just because it is a landmark. I'm not a huge fan of Tiffany Jewelry but I was interested to find that they were responsible for making the carat as the measurement of a diamond.
Even aside from stores, 5th Avenue has hotels and buildings that have become synonymous with wealth and opulence. The St Regis, Trump Tower, Peninsula, and the University Club are all within just a few blocks of each other on 5th. 5th is one of those rare Avenues that doesn't even really get that shifty around Midtown which is crazy considering it is directly in the middle of midtown. Weirdly, the only place that 5th gets boring or maybe not as attractive is downtown. For most avenues, they only start to get good downtown. 5th is the only Avenue that kind of does the opposite. It's really lackluster below the 20's. The buildings aren't great, there aren't any restaurants, etc. There's definitely still shopping all the way, but just not really much else. All in all, though, 5th Avenue is the quintessential New York Street, in my opinion.
Pros
  • Fantastic but expensive shopping
  • Museum Mile
Cons
  • On the weekends the area is usually extremely crowded with tourists and very busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Absolutely stunning"

The understandably pricey Fifth Avenue has it all. From the elegant shops of midtown (which turn positively glorious at Christmas with the installation of the seasonal windows and thematic displays) to the Edith Wharton-esque mansions facing Central Park north of 59th Street. Winter, autumn, summer or spring, Fifth Avenue is the place to be, with stunning snowy park views giving way to verdant greenery and blossoming flowers - not only from Central Park but also from the frequent flowerboxes and mini-gardens outside several of the buildings. Some of the city's best-loved houses of worship, including the Church of the Heavenly Rest (Protestant) and Temple Emanu-El (Jewish) are located on this avenue, as are such cultural stalwarts as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Frick, Jewish Museum, City Museum, and Neue Galerie. (these Museums consistute what is known as Museum Mile).

While, on average, restaurants are lacking in this area - except for a few brownstone-based outlets on the cross-streets like 73rd Street's Via Quadronno, the place to be for fine dining is Madison Avenue or further east or downtown. That said, once you hit midtown, business lunch places and sandwicheries abound - although the Starbucks quotient is still low for NYC.

This may be the world's most expensive street - but at least a walk down this charming promenade is free (we can't guarantee the taxi back).
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"If you haven't been to the 5th Ave - you haven't been to NYC"

5th Ave is the most expensive street in the world! It has an incredible amount of shops and retail stores. One can buy clothing from famous designers and popular brands. Besides shopping you can also find lots of prominent and interesting places to visit there, such as Empire State Building, Public NYC Libary, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guggenheim Museum, Rockefeller Center and many others.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"One of New York's Signatures"

Without visiting 5th Avenue, you're missing out on a giant swath of New York. In midtown, 5th Ave is a bustling retail megacenter, home to huge attractions like FAO Schwarz and the Trump Tower. North of 59th St, 5th Ave traces the east border of Central Park, with museums (chief among them the Met) and gorgeous hotels along the way. If you're looking for a great walk where you can stumble upon some of New York's greatest experiences, take a walk down 5th.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"You can't get anymore posh than this"

Fifth Avenue which divides New York City into the Eastside and the Westside is one of the most famous streets in New York City as it offers some of the world’s best shopping and sight-seeing opportunities. Fifth Avenue starts off at Washington Square Park (located close by at 1, Fifth Avenue, is celebrated Chef Mario Batali’s excellent pizzeria called Otto which is fashioned on train station) and traverses the city as it continues upward until 142nd Street in Harlem.

Located along the length of Fifth Avenue are some of New York City’s most well known landmarks like the Empire State Building, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the stunning New York Public Library( which featured as Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding venue in SATC the movie), Rockefeller Center ,the Plaza Hotel, the Frick Collection and Central Park. As Fifth Avenue continues its route into the Upper East Side it is bordered by the residences of some of the wealthiest New Yorkers whose apartments and homes offer stunning views of ‘the Park’. Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 104th Street is known as Museum Mile for located along this stretch of Fifth Avenue are 11 world famous museums namely the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, El Museo del Bario , the Jewish Museum and the rest.

Fifth Avenue( especially in the 40’s and 50’s) which is touted to be the world’s most expensive street is also home to several upscale stores like Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor (both of which are famous for their end of the year holiday displays), Tiffany &Co, Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, the Apple Store and many more though Fifth Avenue is also the city’s favorite destination for the numerous parades that it hosts every year.
Pros
  • Great Architecture and some of New York's best known landmarks- the Empire State Building
  • Museum Mile
  • Fantastic but expensive shopping
Cons
  • The area has great shopping not many grocery stores
  • On the weekends the area is usually extremely crowded with tourists and very busy
  • When there are parades on Fifth Avenue the entire Avenue is out of bounds and that can be highly inconvenient
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fifth Ave for Shoppers, Site-Seeing"

Fifth Avenue is among the most famous places to shop in the world (read: Saks Fifth Avenue can of course be found here). A New York City icon (perhaps in part thanks to Truman Capote) is located on this street: Tiffany and Co. This is another street that caters to tourists – especially in the Midtown area, but not limited to that neighborhood, as the tourists seem to spill up into the Upper East Side as well.
5/5
2yrs+

"Architecture that is all the rage"

Not since the 1980s and the Rubiks cube has a cube so captured the imagination as the entrance to the Apple Store in Fifth Avenue. Heading to an Apple store is likely to be a worthwhile trip anyway with gadget heads and technology lovers bound to be impressed but seeing the cube entrance in real life is breathtaking. It sums up the technology chasing status impact of the company perfectly and stands out in a street that is vibrant and at the heart of a great region. A sight worth seeing for those who aren’t square! And if that’s not enough, there is the Guggenheim Museum and the Empire States Building. Wow, how many architectural amazements can one street have?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"A city in itself"

There are too many things to do and see in 5th Avenue that is almost impossible to summarize them. Here is a quick overview of the major attractions: the MET, the Guggenheim Museum, Central Park, the New York City Public Library, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, and all its famous boutiques and shops. A nice place to spend time in warm days is the Madison Square Park. There is one of the best New York hot-dog stand: Be prepared to queue to eat one of its hot-dog.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Definition of New York City"

5th Avenue is what makes New York what it is. Along the Avenue, which runs through most of the city, resident and visitors alike can find something to do. The Met is perhaps one of the most beautifully designed Museums in the entire city. After a nice day in the museum a stop in central park for a cold soda and some relaxation is always a great option. Visit in the spring for a truly vibrant and amazing atmosphere.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The epicenter of what defines new york"

5th Avenue splits Manhattan into halves and runs all the way through most of the city. The real life is anywhere from around Flatiron in the low 20s streets to Central Park where you get the posher restaurants and retail options. I would also avoid the Times Square area if you truly want to know what Manhattan's about.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Amazing but expensive shopping."

Fifth Ave caters to just about everyone's taste and is a true shopping mecca. Anyone traveling to New York with children, or even people who are just kids at heart, should stop by FAO Shwartz. The toy store is world famous and for good reason. The store is absolutely amazing and has wonderful events for the kids not to mention some of the coolest toys you will ever lay eyes on. Christmas is especially exciting at the store! Right in the same area is the Apple store which is always a great place to stop into. Even if you are not buying anything it is nice to look around and just be part of the environment.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"5th Avenue has it all!"

You must visit the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Ave! The Met is so gorgeous! I don't really enjoy the ritzy shops on 5th Ave, but I do enjoy the museums and heading all the way down to New York Public Library near Bryant Park. There is so much to see and do on this street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Something for everyone......"

Even if you are not into the fabulous shopping at Lord and Taylor, Tiffany, Saks, Bergdorf’s, there are plenty of things to see. I love spending an entire Saturday just starting way downtown in Greenwich Village and seeing how far I can get. By the time you get to midtown, you start coming across NY landmarks like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Further uptown, you can enjoy some of the finest museums in the world; The Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim are two of them.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Very impressive indeed"

There's something about Fifth Avenue. It's certainly stately, old, and historic, but it's also incontrovertibly part of the constant evolution that is New York. Start way uptown (I'm talking in the 100's) and hit the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo de Barrio. Beautiful places in authentic neighborhoods. The Conservatory is also right there (103rd), so you can have a romantic picnic that is unlikely to be interrupted since the area is rather quiet.

Then, of course, you have to go to the Met, that grand institution of art. I recommend you skip the European paintings (unless you're a tourist) and go to the Temple of Dendur (if you appreciate breathtaking sunlight) and the Asian art collection (first rate, and very quiet to boot).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Just the first step"

What more can be said about 5th ave that has not yet been said? OF course the great and grand shops near Central Park occupy a great part of this historic avenue. However, little ise ver said about the quiet start it enjoys as the Washington Square Park arch. tehre, and stratching up to well beyond Union Square, one can enjoy quite a leisurely stroll and stop to window shop or eat at some of the city's cutest cafes. It is quite typical, especially nearer to the park, to see young couples strolling arm in arm, accompanied by their furry companions. Many dogs enjoy the royal treament on 5th avenue, and this has thus spawned the opening of various doggy grooming locales! Living on 5th ave can be a bit noisy, but any of the adjacent sidestreets are a great way to live close to the city's most famous address!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Famous Fifth Avenue"

Fifth Avenue. The epitome of New York City shopping. Retailers compete to have their boutiques and brands placed on this mile of retail fantasy, and for good reason. This area is heavily trafficked and filled with people ALL the time!

Perhaps that's because you'll find Henri Bendel and his famous brown and white striped shopping bags. Or the visionary Salvatore Ferragamo and the sexy black suit. Or hand crafted pairs of Botticelli shoes. And speaking of shoes, you have to go to Jimmy Choo's! You'll also find world famous BErgdorf Goodman, the creme de la creme in department store shopping!

This street has more than that, so much more. It's like opening Vogue magazine and walking on its pages.

For good food at a high price, try the rooftop restaurant of the Four Seasons.


5th Avenue is close to several metro stations and is close to many buses. Foot traffic is heavy and I recommend the street to EVERYONE!
5/5
2yrs+

"Fifth Ave by the Flatiron Building"

I worked at this location for several years. The shopping on this street and surrounding areas is much preferable to the much more touristy and crowded 34th St. There is a Gap, Zara, Old Navy, H&M, TJ Maxx, Daffy's (although the 34th St. one is MUCH better), 2 Filene's basements (one is by the TJ Maxx on 6th and the other is in Union Square), Anthropologie, J. Crew, etc.et al. The food here is sublime. Check out City Bakery for the BEST hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows. If you just want a quick bite to eat for lunch, Foodworks has a great selection and is very clean. Home's Kitchen (Chinese) has great lunch specials as well and they usually deliver very quickly. The best calamari ever can be found at Punch. Great pizza--order from Brick Oven Pizza (marguerite). You won't be disappointed.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful street that suffers from commercialization."

5th Avenue is really two streets in one. Uptown from 59th street, 5th Avenue is a quiet, wide boulevard with many, many old and stately buildings. They are all constructed in similar elegant styles and can be quite nice to look at as you walk by. The Uptown section of 5th Avenue is also famous for its Museum Mile, containing, among other museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo. It is also the home to many gorgeous brownstones and the consulates of several countries. Go down below 59th street, however, and suffer the commercialization - big F.A.O Schwartz and other flagship shopping stores that are attractive to tourists only. If shopping is your thing, however, you may find it heaven.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"The Best Street in New York"

5th Avenue is probably the liveliest street in New York City. Here you will find the most interesting people ever from a variety of backgrounds, expensive shops for great shopping, huge exciting billboards and ads, a beautiful park and delicious restaurants. The only problem I have with this street is getteing there the traffic is horrible with not many inexpensive options for parking.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"The center avenue of new york"

Starting at historic Washington square park, fifth avenue runs up along the east side of manhattan's central park. This is probably the most popular avenue in manhattan because so many of The city's fine museums are found along the upper east portion of fifth avenue. It is also known for expensive shopping, comparing to Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"American Girl Place"

This place is best for Shopping and Dining. The main attraction at least for me is the American Girl Place.
If you'd like your little "American Girl" fan to have an experience that is wonderful and as non-commercial as possible, then I'd recommend booking tickets to the show in the theater (currently "Circle of Friends").
Overall a wonderful experience of shopping with girls.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Not like in the Movies"

I have always dreamed of going to this street so that i could see Rockefeller Center , but the reality was far from my expectations. The cost (about 45 dollars for two people) was very high, but I figured it's famous, right?
Unfortunately, someone forgot to mention to me that it's way too crowded to be enjoyable.
Go to Rockefeller Center for the sights, but don't plan on skating. I hear Central Park has skating, so that might be worth a shot.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Great place for shopping!"

Fifth Avenue is the heart of New York City, if not the most popular avenue there. Known for its popular branded shops and boutiques for the latest fashion, and the top-of-the-line restaurants, and the hippest residences in the city, how can it not be the place for anyone to be seen?
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Green grounds and catwalk models (bryant park)"

One of literally hundreds of parks in Manhattan, this is an absolute beauty to chill out during rush hour.. There’s a great bar to pick up a cold drink in summer and although I find it absurd that they close off the grass (no standing area) for the majority of the day, when the grass area is open it’s a great spot to unwind.. They often have concerts and fashion shows here too.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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