7.5 out of 10

Canal St, Lower East Side

Ranked 3rd best street in Lower East Side
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Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
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  • Families with kids
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  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Pretty cool park and bars"

Essex is what Avenue A becomes as it transitions from the East Village to the Lower East Side.

There's a giant, old building that is still marked as Club Essex. It was a Strip Club for many moons before it turned into Essex although I don't even know if that's still around. I've never been and I've never heard one person I know mention the place. The building is so huge, that it must hold a thousand people and that's what leads me to think it must be closed. How can you have that capacity and never be mentioned?
The block between Rivington and Delancey is pretty much all bars and they're rowdy and dirty but they're all pretty fun. Boss Tweed's is, obviously, named for the Tammany Hall leader who died two blocks away. That place is 12 shades of rowdy. Essex is across the street and is a bar but with more of a clubby vibe, in my opinion. It's weird when LES bars try to go all fancy on you. That clientele just doesn't live in this neighborhood. There's also a whiskey bar on this block that can be quite fun as long as it isn't overridden with the hipster, 12 year old set.
South of Broome houses the extension of Seward Park which is actually a lovely park considering the surroundings. It's not huge but it is semi-tranquil as long as you ignore that it's completely surrounded by filth and tomfoolery. I wouldn't exactly hang around here, after dark, though. Across the street is an old building that's pretty gorgeous. It's a school now but it used to be a jail where Boss Tweed was housed and died.
The original Seward Park is south of Broome. And, again, it's worth a trot on a nice day. South of the park isn't a real eye catcher so I don't ever really go down there. There's one apartment complex called, The Crossroads, though that cracks me up. It's kind of a luxury condo building that seems to have a tenement name in a tenementy looking area. I would not live there. Creeps me out.
Pros
  • Nightlife
  • Beautiful park at end of road
Cons
  • Sketchy at night
  • Little too dirty in spots
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Seward Park is a Must See"

If you ever wanted to visit a place so lovely, you must see Seward Park. It borders Essex St and E. Broadway. The street itself is kind of grimy along the way, but when you get to the park, it is transformed by the greenery.

When you are in Manhattan, you must come to Essex St and visit Seward Park.
Pros
  • Beautiful looking area
  • Beautiful park at end of road
Cons
  • Little too dirty in spots
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Good nightlfe in the heart of L.E.S"

Essex Street is centrally located on the Lower East Side and offers a really interesting mix of places, people and stops. The Pickle Guys is a must stop for anyone who enjoys a great pickle. You can't miss it the big green awning gives it away. Boss Tweed's Saloon is a great themed bar that really goes out of it's way to host a great time. Flip Cup, Karokee and free wings!
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+

"Middle of the LES"

By now you might have figured out that I love the Lower East Side, but Essex isn't quite as interesting/fashionable as the rest of the neighborhood. It's pretty unavoidable, though, if you're wandering around the neighborhood, because it is geographically smack in the middle of the action. There's a pub near the Delancey Street subway station called Boss Tweed's that is generally full of business men or other people who work in the neighborhood.
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+

"Middle of the LES"

By now you might have figured out that I love the Lower East Side, but Essex isn't quite as interesting/fashionable as the rest of the neighborhood. It's pretty unavoidable, though, if you're wandering around the neighborhood, because it is geographically smack in the middle of the action. There's a pub near the Delancey Street subway station called Boss Tweed's that is generally full of business men or other people who work in the neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Cool street on the lower east side!"

The bars and clubs on the lower east side are the best places to party in New York City. There are a few haunts on Essex that are amazing. I highly recommend Mason Dixon at 133 Essex St. They have a mechanical bull! I would always stop on by the Essex Restaurant for brunch the morning after a night of partying to get something to eat. This street also bisects Canal St in Chinatown. There are so many places to see on this street, but my favorite part of Essex is between Delancey St and Rivington St.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Essex Street is filled with delights!"

Essex Street is nearby all of the conveniences of the neighborhood, and actually houses a few of its own. The East Side Company Bar is an excellent place to cool your heels after a long work day and if you're hungry, stop by the Essex Restaurant, where I'm sure you'll be able to chow down on some good old American food.

Essex Street is close to the following metro stations: 6 at Spring Street, F, J, M, Z at Essex St- Delancey St, and the J, M, Z at Bowery. It is also accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!
4/5
2yrs+

"Good vibes, and culture."

Walked down this street briefly and I found it to be a bustling place full of culture. There’s a strong Jewish presence here, and also a Chinese one at the other end. Down the south end it’s on the edge of Sweard Park, and the buildings on the street are generally in a better state of repair than nearby streets east of here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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