5.8 out of 10

Cherry St, Lower East Side

Ranked 17th best street in Lower East Side
40.7114410865944 -73.9877003524628
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Depressing street"

Cherry Street starts (or ends) at the two bridges area. There isn't much around here save the bridges, a housing project and a public school. It looks really desolate and it is at night. Nothing like a dock looking area by a bridge with a tenement complex to really make you run at a full sprint through the neighborhood after dark, eh?
The block at Catherine gets a little more lively with a playground and a moderate income housing structure. The Rosenbergs lived at this place (The Knickerbocker) when they were arrested for alleged spying. And, the original Brooks Brothers store was right at this corner. They came about by making Civil War uniforms and moved locations when they started making preppy gear a few decades later. The next block over has a park and a softball field making this one of the most green yet depressing areas in Manhattan. There is so much park around here and no signs of life outside of the people in them. The few buildings in this area are old and scary and there aren't any bars or restaurants to speak of.
Once you pass Manhattan bridge, you get . . more tenements. Seriously, they're everywhere on this street. There are a couple of unsubsidized apartments buildings on Cherry, but why would you want to pay Manhattan rent to live in the middle of the projects? The housing projects stretch all the way past Clinton so the entirety of Cherry is projects and parks. It's not the kind of street you want to live on or go to unless you have to. And, it's pretty far away from public transportation, bars, restaurants, normal stores, etc. You definitely have outdoor fun right at your fingertips on Cherry, but like all parks in New York -- and, especially down here -- they're all no man's lands after dark.
Pros
  • Plenty of schools
Cons
  • Buildings look old and dirty
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Often overlooked slice of Old New York"

Running along the Eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, Cherry Street seems like a time machine into a bygone age, a Lower East Side all but lost to trendy cocktail bars and open-mic slam poetry nights. There's no sign of a Williamsburg-esque renewal here; Cherry Street is one of the few New York streets to retain tenement housing alongside plenty of public-housing options, making the area a surprisingly affordable one. That's not to say Cherry Street is dangerous, however, although it's far from pleasant - the occassional scent of urine seems to be a fixture near the hulking overpass. There's not much on here; a few community centres and a grocery store or two are all that's available for the social butterfly, along Corlears Hook Park is present enough, and the East River Bikeway is a free gym for sports fans. When all's said and done, however, it's price - rather than charm - that render Cherry Street an option for the potential home-buyer or renter, although its lack of bohemian pretension and loud bars might make it particularly appealing for quiet and at-homey types.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Very Nice Area - Recommended For Kids"

Pike Street is a great place to be. It has schools and stores. It is one terrific area where everything is conveniently placed. With a couple of schools in the area, there are plenty of kids. However, you can still find plenty of people walking around. With Rutgers Park nearby, you can find practically anything going on this street.
Pros
  • Plenty of stores
  • Mixed bag
  • Plenty of schools
Cons
  • Too busy at times
  • Buildings look old and dirty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Mixed Use Street is Affordable but Missing Many Amenities"

Pike Street starts down by the East River and the FDR Drive, where it is called Pike Slip, and continues westward. It is adjacent to the Manhattan Bridge, which carries constant traffic to and from Brooklyn, so it is extremely noisy. There are high rise apartments lining much of Pike Street, with some small, older tenement buildings. This part of Manhattan is not the nicest, but it is affordable because of the apartment projects that have some of the more reasonable rents in the city. There are some small stores and a major drugstore chain that are within walking distance, but you will need to to to midtown to find real retail therapy. There are some good little mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants in the area, but you'll want to go to Little Italy or Chinatown for better meals.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Catherine Slip, a great place to take a picture.."

Catherine Slip, a great place to take a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. It was a difficult job to find a good position for taking a picture of these famous landmarks in one panorama photo. What we did was just take set set of pictures and merged them later together with photoshop. :-)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish Agreed, Catherine slip is a nice place to visit with a wide angle lens camera, but you wouldn't want to live here.
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

"Nothing exciting but seems a nice place to stay"

Cherry Street is one of the streets that remind you that lots of people stay in New York and it’s not just for tourists. It seems a great residential area to live in, the buildings are pretty compact and from the outside they look great and the tree lined street on the opposite side gives some protection and privacy. If I lived in New York, I’d seriously consider this area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Cherry Street Beats"

I think every major American city has a Cherry St. This one isn’t all that much fun to be honest. It does, however, have some great housing. I LOVE tree lined blocks and this one is no excpeption. Sometimes this city is just a little too concrete for me, and I enjoy streets with a little bit of green. This street is close to other more eventuful street, and is accessible by various metro stations and buses.
4/5
2yrs+

"Quite nice quiet street"

While on my first holiday to New York City from England I walked down Cherry Street on the way to Corlears Hook Park. It’s a pleasant street, on the edge of the urban metropolis, with a lot of greenery, with a park on one side, and some fairly old high-rise apartments on the other side.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"A Nice Respectable Street"

If you've ever seen a Woody Allen movie, you have probably seen New York's Cherry Street. An upscale neighborhood from the 1920's, today it's mostly full of older tenement buildings and co-op apartments. I've often stayed with friends here, and I think it's one of Manhattan's nicest and quietest areas.

Cherry Street has some lovely midtown-style parks and many smaller schools and day-cares, which makes it one of very few neighborhoods I know in Manhattan where you can see children running and playing every day.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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