6.8 out of 10

Elizabeth St, Little Italy

Ranked 4th best street in Little Italy
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Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Retirees

Reviews

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

"Not as quaint as Nolita's run, but not bad either"

Elizabeth Street only runs through Little Italy for about two blocks; and, honestly, those few blocks are pretty lackluster compared to the Elizabeth of Nolita-- which is just north of Kenmare and is really charming. It changes pretty sharply after Kenmare and it just loses all of its pizzazz.
There are still a few things that linger into the Little Italy run that are pretty cool like Xicala Wine Bar (great Sangria if you're into that). It's in the midst of mostly apartment buildings so it has a great neighborhood kind of vibe that doesn't have the tourist contingent of other streets in the neighborhood.
There are a couple of little bars south of Broome which are nice for the neighborhood but they're nowhere near my favorite in the area so I don't really patronize them. I'm sure if I lived on the street I would, but they're not worth the hike in my opinion. There's a gorgeous building on this block that was designed by Stanford White on this block as well. It looks completely out of place amongst the other architecture of the street, but I think it makes it more special. It's a Romanesque building that used to be a bank but now is an event space. Judging by the outside, it must be glorious to go to a party in this massive building.
Once you cross Grand, you're in Chinatown territory and the vibe and aesthetic of the neighborhood changes pretty drastically again. The street through LIttle Italy isn't a bad street at all. And, it's actually kind of nice because there isn't the tourist contingency that other Little Italy streets have. It just lacks a little bit of the charm of the more northern run of Elizabeth, but I wouldn't necessarily mind living here.
Pros
  • Cute apartments
Cons
  • Increasingly expensive
  • Slightly busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Slightly overexposed shopping street"

Elizabeth Street is one of New York City's hidden trendy gems. A little more out-in-the-open

than it was in the good old days of 90's gone by, Elizabeth Street is now one of the hottest

shopping streets in in Nolita, the hipster enclave bordered decidedly un-fashionable Chinatown

and Little Italy. Alongside nearby Mulberry and Mott Streets, Elizabeth Streeet is filled with

boutiques and expensive bespoke furniture stores. Head to nerby Calypso on Mott Street, for a

trendy selection of women and children's styles inspired by the bohemian-hippie look of the

1960's. Or try a more tailored look at Unis, on 226 Elizabeth Street, with military-inspired

looks. Or head to accessories conglomerate Sigerson Morrison, for a wealth of shoes and

handbags. Pair your newfound luxuries with the funky jewelry at Push on nearby Mulberry Street.

Elizabeth Street may not be the most livable street in the city, but it's certainly a trendy

fashionista's ideal.
Pros
  • Tons of artsy boutiques
  • Stylish social scene
  • Plenty of nearby clubs and bars
Cons
  • Slightly busy
  • Increasingly expensive
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Boutiquey to the max"

Elizabeth Street is a great street for boutique shopping and eating. The block of Elizabeth between Bleecker and Houston used to be called crackhead alley. It was a really terrible part of town -- in fact, the bar of the south east corner of Elizabeth and Bleecker used to be a bar that gave out free pot -- but, now the area is beyond nice. The North corners of Elizabeth and Houston have two of my favorite things. On one corner, there is this amazing little bakery that has been around for over 100 years and is still owned by the grandson of the original owner. On the other corner is a ridiculously overpriced apartment building called Soho Court. It is 1. Not in Soho and 2. Ugly, looks like a dorm, and has a weird fountain in the middle of the building. The apartments are not nearly big enough to justify the price (even in New York) for a building as grossly wrong in every way as this thing.
But, I digress . . . . the block of Elizabeth between Houston and Prince is probably my favorite. There are a bunch of boutiques on this block that I love. I am obsessed with Labo. You can pick out about a million billion different smell combinations in this store -- and we specially made one for my dad. I also love the Rainbow store. Yeah, it's just a bunch of flip flops -- but, I'm from California, so Rainbow is close to my heart. And, these shoes are so comfortable and have a lifetime guarantee. Martin Scorsese also lived on this block right between Labo and Rainbow. On the third floor. Cafe Habana is right on the corner here, as well. It's the first restaurant I went to in NY. And, it's the one I always take out-of town guests. It's tiny, packed, simple and delicious.
Very New York, to me.
There's a carriage house on the corner of Spring and Elizabeth that is famous for having elaborate graffiti murals painted on the side of it. There are a ton of little restaurants on the bottom floor of apartment buildings for the rest of the way down. But, at the corner of Elizabeth and Kent is a Bank that was built in 1894 -- which, apparently, is the reason that banks often resemble Roman Temples. Or, at least, it was the original.
Elizabeth is great for a bite and a bit of shopping. But, I don't know that I'd want to live on the street. It's a pretty street. But, it's predominantly old, dark, walk-ups that I'm just not really into. I don't know who is into a 6th floor walk up that's dark as night on a 110 degree summer day, though.
Pros
  • Cute apartments
  • Plenty of nearby clubs and bars
  • Stylish social scene
  • Tons of artsy boutiques
Cons
  • Increasingly expensive
  • Slightly busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Great Shopping Near Little Italy"

Elizabeth Street is one of the best shopping places in all of Manhattan. Located near Mott and Mulberry Streets, Elizabeth has long been called Nolita (standing for North of Little Italy). Though some of it stores can be a little expensive, Nolita has some of the funnest places to shop around. My personal favorite is Unis located at 226 Elizabeth Street. This military inspired fashion is very unique and in my budget. This whole area is a great place to shop and anyone can find something they like. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something fun and different to do.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A haven at a crossroads"

For a street positioned at the very crossroads of three major neighborhoods in the city of all cities--SoHo, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side--this street is small, charming, and feels surprisingly intimate. Just one block away, the Bowery roars with traffic, and at its northern end Elizabeth Street meets another major thoroughfare, Houston Street, but you wouldn't know any of that, walking down this lovely and improbable little haven. Some of its quirks include three good Spanish bars and a masonry yard full of huge statues and decorative stone work. The suffocating presence of too-stylish people from SoHo is certainly felt, but for all their propensity to take over the restaurants and bars on other nearby streets, such trend-seekers still haven't completely reached into the heart of Elizabeth Street. Most lost tourists are likely to ask you if you know the way to Little Italy, but locals know that Little Italy is more of a historical idea than a real place. What is real is an understated, yet strong Spanish presence among the old-time residents, who give Elizabeth Street and the micro-area within a block of it, a certain grounding. Unlike the bar and brunch crowd on weekends, they have lived on this street for years and take the noise laws seriously. The street is their home, after all, and not their weekend playground. The price difference between rent-stabilized apartments and newly renovated apartments of the same size can be as much as $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom deal. This should tell you something about the highs and the lows, the old and the new, that coexist here.
Pros
  • Plenty of nearby clubs and bars
  • Stylish social scene
  • Tons of artsy boutiques
Cons
  • crowded on weekends
  • Increasingly expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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+

"Trendy bars, restaurants, shops"

The landscape of this area is constantly changing – bars and restaurants in New York are constantly opening and closing, and this is especially true in areas where both businesses are especially numerous, like on Elizabeth Street. This is an especially interesting area for tourists, or people who just love to shop, as the street offers plenty of fashionable stores and places to eat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"A great place where to live"

Elizabeth Street, formerly a part of Little Italy, is today an elegant street in NoLiTa (North of Little Italy). It is a quite street, full of nice boutiques and places where to eat. A café where I often go for a snack is Café Habana. It is a nice over-crowded hangout place that offers good Cuban food.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"On Elizabeth Street"

Elizabeth Street is a quaint street in the vilalge. I like this area of the city which is filled with small businesses and friendly people. This section of the city is extremely quaint, and a nice oasis from the busy downtown area. Living in the borough is not only comfortable, but also extremely nice . I really enjoy the calmness and the serenity of the village and the family oriented nature.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish Um, you don't know what you're talking about. Elizabeth Street is in Nolita and has nothing to do with the West Village.
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Great for Living / Strolling"

I really love East Houston right around the Bowery and Broadway. It's gone through such a transformation within the past few years. There are a lot of new trendy apartments, art galleries, coffee shops, and great restaurants. There's even a new museum, the New Museum which shows some of the most cutting edge contemporary art in New York City. It's a great area to live in. There's a new Whole Foods Market too, so it's really convenient now to go food shopping in the area. It's very lively and hip.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Tory Burch on Elizabeth Street"

This street houses something cool: Tory Burch, an interesting fashion designed with a very interesting boutique. This one, I can’t comment on. I don’t think it was aesthetic. Elsewhere on this street was Classic Kicks Inc, which could quite possibly be the hippest vintage show store in the city. If you’re into that old look, be sure to stop by!
This village is best accessed by the followed Metro Stations: 1,2 Houston Street, A,C,E, Spring Street, Prince St N,R,W, Broadway-Lafayette, B,D,F,V, Bleeker St, 4,6 2nd Ave- Lower East Side F,V, Canal St 1, 2, Canal St, A,C,E, ...N, Q R,W,... 4, 6,... J, M, Z, Grand St, B, D Bowery, J, M, Franklin, 1, 2. It is also very well acessible by the bus system!
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A great and relatively quiet So-Ho living experience!"

Nestled lovingly between Houston st. and Little Italy, Elizabeth street provides you with the perfect blend of the So-Ho chic and the gusto of little Italy. Perfect for students, singles, and young couples, this street has some of the hippest coffee shops in So-Ho. Although the places are not open very late on weekdays, it is quite normal for crowds to spill over into the street on the weekends, especially during the spring and summer times. Café Habana, in particular, on the corner of Elizabeth st. and Prince St. is the to-go spot for the lunch crowd, which means that there is always a wait, but the food is well worth it. Especially the corn and hot chocolate! A superb alternative, however, is Habana To-Go which is the takeaway counter of the same restaurant, right next door. Here you can enjoy the same food on the benches provided on the street. An idyllic stop during a So-Ho shopping excursion!

Neighbors are a friendly mix of artists, shop owners, and families that have lived on this block for generations. It is quite normal to walk down the block and see your neighbors sitting at the coffee shop below your apartment. There is a general atmosphere of helpfulness, particularly on the block between Houston st. and Prince St. Residents as well as visitors recognize the importance of a shared optimism, which means that friendly faces are not a rare sight.

If you’re feeling particularly hungry at night, the street is hugged by several 24-hour delis which provide eclectic variety products such as beverages, produce, freshly made sandwiches, and Japanese seaweed snacks.

Living on this street is never boring, and it is quite close to the N-Q-R-S line on Broadway, and the 6 at Bleecker st. If you enjoy popping into the occasional underground show, Elizabeth st. is walking distance from Bowery ballroom. There is a fantastic laundry/drycleaner on the corner of Elizabeth and Houston and plenty of other amenities nearby. This street is great for the So-Ho experience without the tourist rush of Broadway!
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  • Singles
Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer Great review. I enjoyed reading it. I have visited Soho man times on my travels, great to get an insiders view of living there. You must see lots of celebrities!
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Little Little Italy is now "Nolita""

Elizabeth Street, formally a quiet little compliment to Little Italy, is now known as "Nolita," absolutely one of the hottest shopping strips in the area. Scattered all along Elizabeth Street, are an increasing number of shops, and this number seems to grow more and more every year. Elizabeth Street is also an easy walk to the subway unlike many shopping destinations in NY.I would DEFINITELY recommend shopping on Elizabeth the next time you're in town, you won't be disappointed.
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Kenmare St

3/5
"A living piece of art"
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Hester St

1.5/5
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3.5/5
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