3.2 out of 10

Allen St, Chinatown

40.7151375335918 -73.992336032207
Great for
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Students


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

"A slummy looking street"

Allen Street only runs through Chinatown for a couple of blocks . . .and it's a really unpleasant looking little run. The Avenues aren't the prettiest neighborhood streets in Manhattan, in general. But, this one is particularly ugly, if you ask me. It's also more Avenue looking . . . whatever that means. It's quite busy, car-wise, on Allen and there's very little in the realm of an actual neighborhood. It's a lot of tenement looking apartments with storefronts on the street level. But, the stores are mostly chotchke so whatever neighborhood vibe could be here isn't. It would help matters drastically if there were little local bars and restaurants rather than a gas station and a garage.
The street's run through the neighborhood starts at Hester and the only thing happening here is a weird little coffee shop. There used to be a big department store on this block but all that remains is the garage where the store's stables used to be. Across Canal, there are a few Malaysian restaurants but I don't know anyone who has eaten at either of them and they're really scary looking from the outside so I wouldn't dare.
And, the street just keeps getting better because the only thing around Division is a gas station. There are cars everywhere and that's about it. The rent is much cheaper here so a lot of young people are making the move to this area, but there are way better streets to live on in Chinatown. There's just nothing to this street and it's ugly.
  • Cheaper rent
  • Ugly
  • No energy
  • Nothing to do
Recommended for
  • Students

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