4.7 out of 10

Cortlandt St, Financial District

Ranked 17th best street in Financial District
40.7100865016717 -74.0106099973737
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Shopping Options
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists


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

"Century 21 and the WTC"

Depending on how the final plans for Cortlandt work out with the new World Trade Center, it could end up a longer street. But, for now, Cortlandt only runs block or so before turning into Maiden Lane. Cortlandt got its name because the street runs through what used to be the estate of the Cortlandt family when New York was still New Amsterdam. It changes into Maiden because the Maiden Lane once ran along a stream where all the young women did their laundry. So, technically, Maiden came first.
The street starts at Ground Zero: specifically at the former and future homes of Towers 3 and 4. These are supposed to open in 2013 and 2015, respectively, but you never know with the way construction and leasing has been going down here.
The next block down houses 1 Liberty Plaza, a really ugly building that replaced a really beautiful building in the '70's. It's a developmental building so there's nothing really exciting about it, in general. But, something that's very exciting to an awful lot of New Yorkers is right across the street: Century 21. Century 21 is the mother of all discount designer stores. It was one of the first to reopen after the September 11 attacks and this place is never not insane. They do have great stuff and my friends are obsessed with this store. If you like shopping, you will like this place. It's already massive and I hear they're expanding to a whopping seven floors here pretty shortly. It's kind of Manhattan right of passage, so you have to go.
There's not much to say about Cortlandt outside of the WTC and Century 21. I'm pretty sure no one would know where this street is if it weren't for the two. You can't really live here, but if you like to shop, this is the spot.
  • Shopping
  • Noise from construction and crowds
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A place if you dont want to see much"

Cortlandt st. is really just a road to no where. It is a street full of trash and debris. I recall construction all the time being done. You really cant do much here. I look at it as more of a place people are going to get away from the city life. The dead zone of NYC.

"On Cortlandt Street"

This street is really just a throughfare and there isn’t much to offer in the way of food or things to do. Perhaps you’d just enjoy the quiet simplicity, though I think this is a little too far for commuting to work each day.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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