6.9 out of 10

East 14 St, East Village

Ranked 11th best street in East Village
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Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

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

"Ugly street with no neighborhood feel"

East 14th (well, 14th in general) is not my favorite area. In fact, I really don't like it. It's too busy and too commercial to have any sort of neighborhood energy. And, Stuy Town is such an ugly looking complex that the street really had no hope for any aesthetics kudos when that went up. It was a notoriously bad part of town for a long time and it's one of the few East Village streets that just hasn't ever been taken over by the hipsters, students and artists, so it remains gritty and unpleasant.
The block of East 14th between 3rd and 2nd is pretty gritty looking with a ton of things going on. It's an incredibly busy block and most of the buildings have been there for many moons and look a little worse for the wear from the outside . . . and the inside in some cases. The north corner of the block houses (what a surprise) an NYU dorm that was built on the site of a prostitution house. Nothing like a bunch of night lady ghosts running around when you're trying to do a late night cram session, eh? Next door to that is a really shambled looking hotel that is actually cheap by New York standards but really questionable as far whether you may make it through the night to enjoy the rest of your stay. Across the street is a pretty decent little falafel place called Chickpea and next door to that is the building where the people that launched Bettie Paige ran their bondage photo studio. I'm not positive if they actually shot The Notorious Bettie Paige here, but they did a fantastic job in replicating it if they didn't. The rest of the block has a number of hole in the wall restaurants and bars. Some of them are great -- like King's Head Tavern and Blind Pig -- but, it's hard to work up the desire to frequent them because 14th is such a nightmare and there are a lot of tourists that mill about in them because of their proximity to Union Square. It's a shame because they could be great local hangs if it weren't for their location.
The block between 2nd and 1st is really commercial. Between the Nose and Throat hospital, the Synagogue and the Trader Joe's there is equally as much bustle as the previous block. But, it has even less of a neighborhood vibe. The thing I will note on this block to see, however, is the Crocodile Lounge. I prefer it's sister, The Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg, but this place is pretty fun too. They give you a free pizza that is actually pretty good with every beer you order so it gets mostly a hipster and student clientele, but I've never had a bad time here and you walk away with barely a dent in your pocket book when all is said and done.
The block between 1st and A houses the last stop on the L train before you get into Brooklyn on the south corner and the apartment complex called Stuy Town on the north. Stuy Town has some of the biggest apartments I have seen downtown but they're not cheap. I think they start around $3200 / month for a one bedroom at the far end of the universe. They are palace sized (for Manhattan) however, so I get the appeal despite the neighborhood being a little less than quaint. Allen Ginsberg died at 404 E 14th which is right across the street and he was pretty poor if that gives any indication about what this area used to be like. Things get pretty shaky east of 1st. It's one of the few streets that has remained really gritty in Alphabet City that has absolutely no cool factor to it even now. Approaching Avenue A is what used to be called The Gashouse District where only the poorest people would live because the fumes from the plants were so bad you would probably die from staying there long enough. There was a notorious gang that lived in the area, aptly named the Gashouse Gang, that would travel to other neighborhoods to commit there crimes because there was no one worth enough to steal from or kidnap in their own territory. I just read about them in The Alienist and they were pretty fascinating and incredibly dangerous.
Pros
  • Famous landmarks
Cons
  • Sketchy at night
  • Little too dirty in spots
  • Too loud of noise
  • Too many people at times
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5
2yrs+

"Hustle & Bustle"

14th Street, being one of the major two way thoroughfares of New York City, is a highly trafficked street. Well served by the L trains and buses, it has a bevy of stores, shops, and restaurants. Bountiful in its variety, there are corners that feel like they taken over by fast food, complete with KFC's and Papaya Dogs near and past 1st Ave, but nearby are some of the trendiest restaurants in town, like Momofuku Noodle Bar and Una Pizza Napolitana. The street itself is loaded with shops, including pet stores, dollar stores, and the normal neighborhood necessities. Being so busy, it isn't the cosiest, but it gets the job done.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Union Square Park"

If you are looking to do a lot of shopping, or just want to hang out, you need to be at Union Square Park. It is fantastic. Right across from the park are plenty of stores in all directions. Right within the park itself, especially on certain days, you will find tents covering a lot of the front near 14th St, with vendors selling everything from food to products.

If you got the cash, check it out. If you just want to hang out with your friend or loved one, you can do that to.
Pros
  • Beautiful looking area
  • Famous landmarks
  • Mixed bag
Cons
  • Little too dirty in spots
  • Too many people at times
  • Too loud of noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Central Location, Incredibly Crowded"

If you’ve ever visited Union Square, imagine living in that 24 hours a day. Living on 14th Street between 5th Avenue and University is like living in the middle of Grand Central Terminal. From daily protests to poorly organized street fairs, it’s difficult to get around or to even walk the dog. However, it’s hard to beat the location in terms of subway access or shopping.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Great city atmosphere"

E 14th St runs from the East River to 5th Avenue. It is amazing the number of people that are around there everyday, particularly in the part bordering Union Square. It is definitely a busy street, but with extremely good vibes. In the area between 5th and 3rd Avenues you can have a good idea of how it is living in New York.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Must-see for tourists"

Fourteenth Street offers what every college kid dreams of having in the neighborhood: a Trader Joe’s. I have been there many a time, and have often waited in line down the block just to get into the huge (for New York City) discount organic grocery store. The street is also home to Union Square, just a few blocks from the store, which is great for people watching and often home to street markets. It’s really busy around these parts, though, so if you’re looking to avoid a crowd, don’t ever come here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Great for Vegetarians!"

I've always thought that the East Village was one of the best places to be vegetarian in. Not only are there great restaurants that tend solely to vegetarian clientèle, the delis and supermarkets here are stocked with non-meat options that make you never want to shop anywhere else again for your soymeat! One of the best places, and also the most fun is Curly's on E14th st and 2nd ave, which features tablecloths that you can draw on, and they even supply you with the crayons. Aside from that, though, the food is great, and you won't even be able to taste the difference if you are a meat eater accompanying a vegetarian friend. It's a very down to earth, health conscious area, and definitely charming to live in. The nightlife is also quite alive with many bars. Despite that, however, the area is still safe and quiet.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Perfect Place for Young Singles / Room Mates"

I've lived on 14th Street in the East Village for the past three years and I really loved it. It's such a hip and down-to-earth area. The apartment that I lived in was perfect, it was small but charming, and the building that I lived in was very safe and quiet. The apartment was pricey, but it was really worth it. There were so many bars, great cafes, and restaurants in the area there was always so much to do at night. Plus, there were grocery stores, health food and vitamin stores, as well as fitness gyms in the area. I felt really at home living there because so many great stores and services were right within reach. The only complaint about the street was that there was a lot of new construction going on, so it could be very noisy for months at a time. But overall, the area was very safe. I loved it a lot!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"14th Street rocks."

If I were living in Manhattan (I live in distant Brooklyn), I would want to live as close as possible to 14th Street. You've got Union Square, which is arguably the New York park with the most New York character. Farmer's market on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays = fresh, local food. The great restaurants in New York send people to source food from here. You've got big retailers all around from F21 to American Eagle, and Sephora. The Barnes and Noble here is especially great, the building it's situated in is beautiful and historic. The park itself is beautiful in summer when the lawns are open. During other seasons, the regulars will still hang around on the steps. Lots of guitar playing lonely types with no money or other place to go. Then you have the young hip people checking each other out. Lovely, vibrant mix.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"E 14th St & Park Avenue"

This is a wonderful area of the city to cool your heels and have a good day date or to spend time with friends. I spent a wonderful afternoon in the city with a group of people, but we were unfamiliar with the neighborhood and were unsure as to where to go have lunch. We found that there was a plethora of places to choose from, all with diverse cuisine and ambiance. The two I found to be most remarkable were Curly's Vegetarian for lunch or the Twisted Burger. Something for vegetarians or carnivores on this street. Also, the Beauty Bar is a fun place for those after work happy hours and low-key Saturday nights. All in all, this is a great street to get to know, and is in a wonderful neighborhood filled with great sights and sounds.

East 14th street is close to the following metro station: 6 at 14th st, and is accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is heavy and it is a good neighborhood for all people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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