6.2 out of 10

Clinton St, Lower East Side

Ranked 13th best street in Lower East Side
40.7158013332994 -73.9868178278577
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

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

"Not great but very hipstery"

Clinton street is what Avenue B becomes when the neighborhood turns from the East Village to the Lower East Side. I don't go on this street a ton and I wouldn't ever want to live on it. It's pretty dirty and crowded. And, because it doesn't have a million bars like every other LES street, it's pretty sketchy at night. There are a couple of spots to hit, but all in all, it's a pass street to me.
Right at the corner of Clinton and Houston marks one of my favorite Brunch spots in the city: Clinton Street Baking Company! It's delicious and has a great vibe. The only problem is that everyone feels that way so if you don't get there early, the wait can be hours. Just down the street is a barber shop called Beautiful Hair. I would never get my hair cut there but it's where Michelle Pfieffer worked in Married to the Mob which I think is kind of awesome. There are actually a ton of restuarants on Clinton but whenever I go to the Lower East Side, I patronize other ones. Basically, I don't think anything south of Clinton Street Baking Co is all that worth going to.
The rest of the street going down into Chinatown and downtown is a mix of apartment buildings that look like tenement homes and little hole in the wall eateries. Clinton isn't exactly at the forefront of nightlife and stuff to do in this neighborhood but it's a pretty big street so it's easy to walk up and down even on crowded days.
Pros
  • Relatively inexpensive
Cons
  • Dirty
  • Sketchy at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Best of Both Worlds"

This is the perfect location in all of NYC. With Seward Park just a stone's throw away (at least for NYC), you get the best of both worlds - greenery and shopping! There are so many wonderful shops nearby. The Williamsburg Bridge's lights are remarkable to watch at night. If you're up for a short walk (at least for NYC), Chinatown is filled with great restaurants and shops.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Old fashioned melting pot"

To me, East Broadway's most dominant visual aesthetic is the brick-park feel of the huge housing developments all over the area, which unfortunately out-shout the quiet charm of some of the smaller residential buildings. Originally intended as lower-income housing, these towers never were, and never will be beautiful, no matter how many of them they deregulate and put on the market. That said, it doesn't get more international than this: the Iglesia Cristiana, the United Hebrew Community of NY, and the Ling Liang Evanagelistic Mission, are all within a couple of blocks of each other. About as melting-pot as it's possible for a melting pot to melt, you could say. Much less visible are a couple of reportedly good art galleries, though you'd have to know where to look for them, plus Bar 169, a decent establishment that attracts the hipper crowd in the area. I passed the West Side Arts Coalition, the Mazur Theater, plus a brownstone with a hand-made sign in the window that read “The Paper Bag Players.” So culture is definitely happening here, but in the odd interstices, and for a select crowd. By the way, East Broadway has nothing to do with Broadway proper, either geographically or in terms of atmosphere, a detail which can be confusing for newbies.
Pros
  • a real melting pot of different cultures
  • traditional LES street
Cons
  • ugly housing developments
  • out of the way
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5
2yrs+

"A mix of cultures and faiths"

Broadway may have all the headlines and glamour but East Broadway is the home of a number of different cultures and communities which makes it a great stop for seeing different lifestyles clashing and converging. The Jewish and Chinese communities live side by side bringing a fantastic mix of shops and facilities. The Trans World Buddhist Association front really catches the eye and is a great place to learn a little more about this popular faith.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Busy street, Sort of resembles Chinatown"

East Broadway is definitely not to be confused with the Broadway of theater fame. It’s deep in the Lower East Side, for one thing, and certainly lives life on a much smaller scale. That’s not to say that the street doesn’t get its share of traffic, but the environment is one of former tenement housing and Chinese restaurants.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Call it home.."

Clinton Street makes residential and commercial space meet in an interesting way. One side houses many residential buildings while the other becomes more commercial and retail-oriented. The bakery on the street offers amazing baked goods for all who walk past it and the smell from outside is amazing. Several restaurants on the street also have some bragging to do so it's a great place to live for someone who likes the mix of residential and commercial space on the same block, personally I do.
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+

"The ideal trendy LES street"

Clinton Street features a list of places to go and things to see; there are especially a lot of restaurants, food stands, and bakeries on the street. A stroll down the street will reveal the varieties of Latin American and Spanish places to eat there; especially noticeable on sight is the colorful exterior of the Dominican Cibao, and notable for great food is the Spanish tapas bar Tapeo 29.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Food, not theatre, reigns supreme"

East Broadway has a great dining atmosphere, both high-end and lower end food. Broadway East offer a comfortable dining experience with great local wines. 88 Palace Restaurant is a great place to stop in as well for some tasty Chinese fare. Located all but under the bridge it's an amazingly strange atmosphere to be in.
3/5
2yrs+

"Clinton Street is Alright"

This is a thoroughfare is not as jam packed with things to do and places to go. You should try WD 50 for some interesting takes on traditional American cuisine or the Clinton Street Baking company for something really special (they have great cookies). I really enjoy this part of the city and think that anyone would. It's well accessible and the housing options are plentiful. All in all, a good place to live, work, eat, or shop!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, Hipster Central"

Clinton Street is a great street and area to live in if you're looking to get the best of the Lower East Side. There are so many great bars and restaurants in the area; it's hard to get enough of it all. Some may call it hipster-central, but overall it's loads of fun. The area is lively, but not overly noisy. So it's great for someone who wants to be a part of the lively social life outside.
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+

"Clinton Street Is FILLED!"

Clinton Street is chalked full of places to go! WD50 is a good place to go for upscale dining and a truly unique dining experience. You also have Clinton Street Baking Company, 1492 Restaurant, the Cocoa Bar, Frankie's, Alias Restaurant, and finally Falai's. If planning a date in the near future, I suggest this street. Tell your mate to choose and his or her pallet can determine the fate of your relationship! Either that, or you'll get a free meal!
Clinton St 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!
5/5
2yrs+

"The Lights Are Bright on Broadway"

East Broadway and the Manhattan Bridge is a wonderful place to walk in the city. I found several restaurants along my walk and also a wonderful view of the bridge. At night, the lights glow overlooking Brooklyn, and is a really terrific spot for reflection. At the heart of the Lower East Side, East Broadway is easily accessed by metro and buses, and is nearby to many streets with more activity. I found the architecture of the residential building to be quite beautiful and the neighborhood serene. Take a visit to Seward Park for a picnic with a loved one. This is really one of my favorite streets in New York City.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"North end looks nice to live at"

At the north end of the road, Clinton St looks like a nice place, it’s leafy and has quite tasteful salmon pink facades. Walking south it becomes a highly commercial area, every building is a shop, some good shopping to be found here but you wouldn’t want to live here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Well it's probably better then living on Ludlow"

The thing I didn't realize about Clinton st before I moved there was that all the big trucks coming into Manhattan early in the morning from Brooklyn use it as a short cut from the Williamsburg bridge to Houston over to FDR. From 4am - 6am in sounds like a heard of elephants. There are tons of great bars and restaurants on Clinton st but from 2am - 4am you get people screaming and being stupid. If you are a really heavy sleeper or work nights Clinton St is probably fine. If not I would live on Suffolk or Norflok.
AdamS
AdamS This is fantastic advice about the Trucks early in the morning Spraycode. It's invaluable information like this that is making StreetAdvisor such a great resource for buyers of new homes.

Thanks!

AJ
2yrs+
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