3.1 out of 10

Ann St, Financial District

40.7102455017761 -74.0067334967906
Great for
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists


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

"Used to be wild; now its wearing a business suit"

Ann Street is another one of those fun New York streets that changes names for no real apparent reason. Ann Street turns from Vesey to Ann after Broadway. I have really no idea why but there you go. The first block of Ann has had quite a colorful history. The land used to be the farm of some guy by the last name of Jansen. His wife was the first prostitute in New York when it was called New Amsterdam in the 1630's. That's crazy to me because I thought the whole reason for becoming a prostitute back then was because you weren't married. But, those Dutch people are crazy. The site was then turned into the first public garden in New York and then became Scudder's Museum where they had exhibits such as boa constrictor feedings. Soon after, the Scudder housed PT Barnum's sideshow acts such as Tom Thumb. It burned down in the mid 19th century which released a tiger onto Broadway. It is, currently, an office building that was used as the trader building in the movie Wall Street. Next door to that building is a fantastic cast iron building that is also used for boring office jobs. Across the street is J and R computer store. If you need computer supplies of any kind, this place is long renowned as the cheapest and most efficient place to go. You're welcome.
There's not a whole heck of a lot going on in the Ann arena. It's predominantly office buildings with a few co ops mingled in. There's nothing in the way of art, restaurants or nightlife and it's a pretty busy area during the day which makes it kind of annoying. There's a part of me that wishes it were still a freak show even though that's mean . . . at least it wouldn't be boring. I wouldn't live on Ann. It's too noisy and there's just nothing happening here outside of work.
  • Couple of cool buildings
  • Loud and crowded during the day
  • Dead at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

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