6.8 out of 10

Astor Pl, NoHo

Ranked 5th best street in NoHo
40.7297782580492 -73.9904372541566
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Great Street to live on if you like the city scene"

Named for John Jacob Astor (his palace was just down the street), Astor Place is a pretty high society little street even to this day. My sister lives at 1 Astor and her apartment is pretty sweet. There's a lot of history and a lot of hustle and bustle on this street. It is never not filled with people. The is a great example of a street that is still somewhat elegant and still quite in the mix of everything.
Harvey Milk Highschool is on Astor between Broadway and Lafayette. It was instituted as a high school that would be a safe haven for lesbian, gay and transexual kids. Next door is the Astor Place Hairstylist. This barber shop has been the place to go for mohawks and odd buzzcuts for a few decades. Across the street is a beautiful building that used to house Astor Opera House. This is the site of the 1849 MacBeth riots. I talk about it in another post. But, I kinda love that people used to get so serious about their theatre that they would kill other people.
Speaking of feuds. There used to be this amazing book store next door to the opera house that was driven out of business when Barnes and Noble went in across the street. Recently, that Barnes closed. Ha ha!! Damn the man!
The 6 train entrance at Astor is really beautiful. It has the old style Parisian entrance and a bunch of beaver terra cotta ornaments as a commemoration to John Jacob Astor -- a man for whom the street is made who made his fortune in beaver trade. Weird, but, the subway station is pretty good looking for New York standards. The whole area around the 6 entrance is kind of bizarre. There's a spinning cube sculpture, about a million crazy people (do not go into the Starbucks right here unless you're hellbent on seeing things such as one man shaving another man's back hair (true story)), and the horribly out of place massive, mirrored building. I hate this building. It's in the midst of all of these beautiful 19th century structures. And, it just doesn't belong. And, it's not only ostentatious. It's blinding when the sun is out.
Astor and Cooper Square houses Cooper Union -- a beautiful school that is insanely hard to get into but completely free if you actually do. The hall has been the site of many famous speeches: most notably, Lincoln's "Rights make Might" speech. It's glorious inside and out. I recommend everyone take a peek inside.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"That other East Village "place""

If you go down to Astor Place at around six o' clock in the evening, you'll see a seemingly neverending parade of sixteen-to-twenty-five year old girls in slightly alternative clothing meeting up with equally bohemienne types in front of the "Cube," the massive modern art sculpture that dominates the square and serves as a suitably trendy meeting poTint for generations of artsy New Yorkers, whether from NYU or further-off-Columbia. Located conveniently between two great "young" neigborhoods - NYU's Union Square pseudo-campus and the artsy East Village, with its ethnic eatery enclaves and used bookstores, Astor Place is less a destination in itself than a meeting place. Stick around and watch one pair after another emerge from the 4-5-6 subway stop, then head on to greener pastures - whether the alternative clothing shops of 8th Street (including goth-punk 8th Street Lab) or the Moroccan and Indian restaurants dotting the further-East village. There isn't much to do in Astor Place - though for a while it had not one but two Starbucks lining the relatively small quadrangle, not to mention a branch of the New York Public Library. All totaled, however, Astor Place is a well-worthy entryway into two great neighborhoods. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite belong to either of them.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Big love, big hate"

Astor Place, the spot between Broadway and Cooper Square, is a place where people meet, mainly by “Da Cube,” the big sculpture in the middle of the square. Aside from a lot of skateboarders that seem to hang out there, you'll see a lot of people just standing and waiting, checking their watches. It drives me to distraction that the 6 train never seems to be running properly when I'm in the biggest hurry, and I have to jog down to the Bleecker Street station. This has been the case for years now. Years. Okay, but also at Astor Place and Lafayette Street is “Da Public” (The Joseph Papp Public Theater) an incredibly good theater for contemporary drama and performance, housed in one of those lavish old brick buildings nobody builds any more. The building also houses Joe's Pub, an important music venue. The Public's current artistic director used to run a smaller experimental theater, has ties to some of New York's more interesting independent theater groups, and as a result has done a lot to bring important performance work to the Public.

There are a lot of big chain stores clustered around Astor Place, such as Kinko's, Walgreens, and Kmart; right at Broadway you also have the Vitamin Shoppe, the Body Shop, Gap, etc. David Barton Gym looks more like a designer clothing store than a place to sweat, but to each his own workout, I guess. Cooper Union is around the corner on the other side of the square. The dramatic design of their new building is definitely worth a second look, from outside and from however far the guard lets you look in on the inside. A very prominent Starbucks at Astor Place does brisk business, and is an excellent place to exercise your people-watching skills. Not only because you can sit at one of the window seats and observe the passers-by, but also because its central location attracts all types--you wouldn't believe some of the conversations I've overheard, minding my business and innocently sipping my latte. That said, it's not a pleasant coffee experience—always packed, bathrooms are nasty—and you're better off walking in either direction away from Astor Place, to the cross streets, for good coffee places with personality
Pros
  • fantastic theater in the area
  • central location
  • great architecture
Cons
  • impersonal meeting place
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"A functional area"

Astor Place is a single block between Broadway and Cooper Square. Many people walk along this street, because of the subway and its many shops. In the traffic island in the center of Astor Place there is a sculpture, known as the Cube, by Tony Rosenthal. This is a popular meeting place, particularly for skateboarders.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"A landmark in New York's history"

This street is named after John Jacob Astor. Astor Place is famous for its Astor place subway station which is of historical importance. Across the street is the Joseph Papp public theater. The architectural developments of this place make it popular for tourism. Though there is not much of entertainment here, small corners of historical view catch the attention of many visitors passing by. I likes this place for its air of serenity and calmness.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Historical and one of New York's Landmarks"

Even though it is only a small block, Astor Place is rich in history. It received its name from John Jacob Astor, once the richest person in the United States and one of New York's famous residents. It has buildings and structures that have been standing through the test of time.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in NoHo

1

Bond St

4/5
"A beauty on its way to high-priced ruin"
40.7261410046112 -73.9930949922398
2

East 13 St

4/5
"Close to busy tourist area"
40.7336615344752 -73.9901900474108
3

East 14 St

3.5/5
"Beautiful street with great townhouses"
40.7343139925369 -73.9895721301867
4

4 Ave

3.5/5
"The crowd made the area. "
40.734852500007 -73.98997949976
5

Astor Pl

3.5/5
"Great Street to live on if you like the city scene"
40.7297782580492 -73.9904372541566
6

Shinbone Aly

3/5
"A parking alley"
40.7267600000998 -73.9948800004094

Unranked Streets in NoHo

"Old and New"
40.7268400036714 -73.9927169937587

Stable Ct

1/5
"A Driveway . . .seriously"
40.727812547936 -73.9919259817666

Broadway

2.5/5
"Very commercial but really cool buildings"
40.7303302357642 -73.9926294479527

Cooper Sq

2.5/5
"Street built for a school"
40.7291440997987 -73.9909263362157

Best Neighborhoods to Live In

Best Cities to Live In

Tell everyone what you love about your neighborhood!

Leave a Review

Have a question?

How are schools? Is the area safe? What about public transit options?" Why not ask our community of locals!

Ask Now

Selling or Renting Your Home?

Maximize the selling price of your home by sharing what you love about your suburb to increase its appeal...

Leave a Review

Corporate Relocation Manager?

Enable your employees to share local knowledge in a private, trusted environment with those relocating... while building community.

Learn More