2.5 out of 10

Delancey St South, Lower East Side

Ranked 23rd best street in Lower East Side
40.7159403295598 -73.9809358791168
Great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
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Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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Reviews

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

"The ugly twin of the Delanceys"

Delancey Street South is basically just the Williamsburg bridge. There's not a whole hell of a lot going on once Delancey passes Suffolk aside from traffic. There is one shining beacon on Delancey south at Clinton and that's the Delancey. This spot is a three story bar / club kind of thing that is really out of place and really cool. My grad school graduation party was here and the roof bar is one of the best in the city. It's gorgeous up there on a summer night. And, there are few places in Manhattan where you get to mill about outside with a cocktail. I highly recommend this place if you're in the Lower East Side and want to lounge on a roof.
There's an elementary school on the next block east and I think that must be one of the worst places to send your little kid to school. It's like you're just asking for them to be hit by a car at recess. And, the noise, smog, etc has got to do something to affect the learning curve in that joint unless the walls are sound proof. There are a couple of apartment buildings around here but I wouldn't recommend them. One of them used to be a chicken slaughterhouse if that says anything about how "luxury" the luxury units must be. And, the buildings around here are notorious for giving great views of the residents to the cars on the bridge at night. You have to pay a lot of money to live in a crappy area where people can see you showering? No thank you.
The rest of the street is public housing, parking lots and bridge. There is nothing around here aside from delis and a McDonalds -- I ought to know seeing as whenever we tried to pick up food on our way over the bridge, those were our only options. It's just not a good part of Delancey to live or hang out aside from the one cool bar.
Pros
  • lots of parking
Cons
  • deserted at night
  • not a lot in the area
  • ugly and depressing
2/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Much Empty"

There isn't much here under the Williamsburgh Bridge, though it is safer than it used to be. Parking spaces, cop cars, and cheap deli's are nearby. Access to the bridge (by bike or foot), the East River Park, or the rest of Delancey Street and the joys of the West are all easy to come upon. Watch out for crazy bikers coming off the bridge at high speeds. Wouldn't recommend it for living, unless you're looking for protection from the elements. Nice New York vibe though.
Recommended for
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Parking lot under the bridge"

Delancey Street S is a buffer street between the Williamsburg Bridge as it starts at Delancey Street on the Manhattan side, and the brick park of towering residential buildings on either side of Delancey. It's used mostly for parking for the people who live in the towers and their visitors. It was probably a good idea to build it, otherwise those low-income towers might have been packed even closer to the bridge, making life in the buildings even more depressing because of the noise of passing trains. Okay, so the coops to be had in the towers that line this street have reasonable prices by Manhattan standards, though it's a matter of personal choice whether you'd live so far out in no man's land, surrounded by a landscape of total urban anonymity. You can't even take pleasure in the East River's proximity, since the highway that runs along the river is a huge blockade to a walker or biker. There's an elevated footpath that takes you over the highway and down to the other side, but I doubt I'd want to do any kind of looking at the river at night from here. In fact, I'm not sure I'd want to frequent any part of Delancey Street S at night, I don't care how cheaply I could live nearby. You'd need a car to live in a place like this, in any case. Families would get a lot more value and beauty for their money by living in Jersey.
Pros
  • lots of parking
  • access to residential towers nearby
Cons
  • ugly and depressing
  • deserted at night
  • not a lot in the area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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