7.5 out of 10

Ave C, Stuyvesant Town

Ranked 1st best street in Stuyvesant Town
40.7320982916498 -73.974322232954
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Great weekend spot"

While much of the East Village has undergone major gentrification in the last few years, the eastern part of Alphabet City still very much resembles the neighborhood from around the time of Rent. It's pretty gritty still. Having said that, there are a lot of hole in the wall eateries and bars that are still inexpensive, lively and pretty good. It's a lot more expensive here than it was just three years ago, but you can find pretty cool apartments for not much, rent-wise. And, the weekends see a vibrant nightlife scene. One of my best friends lives off of Avenue C and she has a great apartment. But, it's across the street from a project and I was pretty scared walking out of her building on a weeknight after 12. It was completely dead on the streets and this neighborhood is still pretty ugly. But, the buildings are old and cool, and if you're young, it's a fun place to hang.
The back end of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village are marked by Avenue C. The apartments in this developments are huge and not terribly pricey considering the square footage and amenities. But, the surrounding terrain is pretty scary. The Con Edison building is right here, leaving the neighborhood looking like an industrial wasteland. Not picturesque to say the least. . .
The Village East Pizzeria has been around for a while now, and I have to say, the pizza is pretty good and I'm a tough critic. It's far better than anything the west village has to offer, in my opinion. There's a little tavern just down the street (on the corner of 10th) that's pretty low key and I have often enjoyed myself there. There are also a couple of latin based cuisine holes that are always crowded and I keep reminding myself that I have to try. The block between 8th and 9th is covered in great restaurants and bars. And, the apartment buildings in this area are lovely if maybe a little bit run down. There are a lot of trees, a few gardens and Tompkins is just a block away. If you can do walkups, this is a great place to live.
The intersection of C and 5th used to be the biggest heroin dealing block in the city. Now it has a beautiful garden, a bunch of great music venues and a couple of lively little restaurants. This area just reeks of cool. There are always people around and they're all pretty young. If you want a place to hang out and go bar hopping, I will always recommend this area over the Lower East Side. It's, somehow, cleaner and though it is equally as crowded, it just seems a little bit less hipster and punk kid ridden to me.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Great restaurant scene
Cons
  • Scary on weeknights
  • No transportation.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The last bastion of creativity"

A recent return trip to the East Village provoked, alongside a sense of nostalgia, a sense of extreme disappointment. Restaurants I had once loved and recommended to friends as a prime example of what "real" New York was like - hidden, inexpensive holes-in-the-wall serving phenomenal food from unlikely cultural fusions - had jacked up their prices; "bohemian" hideaways were now filled with established thirty-something couples brunching and discussing kitchen renovations (The cost of a studio on East 10th street? $2395, well on par with UES rentals). The East Village, while its relative lack of aesthetic charm still suggests some grittiness, has officially become gentrified. That said, if you head a bit further east, Alphabet City still offers some of what the East Village proper has finally given up for good: fabulous culinary options, an authentic neighborhood feel, and rents that don't rival the Upper East Side. A thriving Puerto Rican community gives the East Village a genuine family feel that other nearby avenues lack - with everything from two community gardens to an authentic "punk squat". Sports fans will appreciate the avenue's painted bike lane, one of the city's best outside of the West Side Highway. With charming restaurants and a laid-back feel, Avenue C is one of the last remaining "bohemian" spots in Manhattan...for now.
Pros
  • Realer than the East Village
  • Great restaurant scene
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Bound to be gentrified within a year or two
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5
2yrs+

"A nice hangout"

Avenue C hosts my favorite venues in New York: The NuBlu, great music and DJs; The Stone, the perfect music venue ever; and Barraza, where, supposedly, the best Mojitos in New York City are made. I am not sure whether this is true but I definitely like them. The street offers also great housing options. However, keep in mind that the East side of Manhattan is not so well connected to public transportation.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A continuation of Alphabet City nightlife"

There is an abundance of restaurants on Avenue C – like Esperanto and Royale. Alphabet Lounge and Sunburnt Cow are also an okay places to hang out. It’s probably not as bustling with commercial activity as Avenues A and B.

Fun fact: this was once the marker of where the East Village ended, but the river was filled in with landfill, and thus extended the island and the neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"An interesting hidden gem."

With a rich Hispanic heritage Avenue C houses some amazing Spanish-themed restaurants and interesting artwork. The Avenue also is home to community gardens that are nicely maintained. Street fairs are often hosted on the street giving a nod to it's true community feeling. It's nice, if not a bit off-the-wall, and overall it offers great entertainment and food.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Avenue C is better than D"

Avenue C houses one of the coolest restaraunts in the city: the Sunburnt Cow, which is an interesting place to eat if you like meat on a stick prepared in gourmet fashion! The street itself is jubilant and filled with character and some great housin g options from Stuy town to brownstones!

The East village is one of my favorite areas and Avenue C is not an exception. So much to do, so many places to go, and great people to see. It is highly diverse, lively and filled with unique style. .

Avenue C is close to the following metro: L at 14th and is accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!

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