6.8 out of 10

Main St, Roosevelt Island

Ranked 1st best street in Roosevelt Island
40.7641834608887 -73.9476512170931
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"If you can deal with the cable-cars"

While Roosevelt Island used to be available only to those hardy travelers able to bear the heights and vertigo of the cable-car over from 57th Street, the island today is accessible by more modern means: the F-train stops here. But Main Street, a tiny road that serves as Roosevelt Island's main thoroughfare, still feels more like a small town than like part of the heart of the metropolis. Residents here, who tend to be middle-class (though the construction of some luxury buildings is bringing in a yuppie boom), have a distinct way of life - the island has its own newspaper, library, general store and buses, just like any small town. It's an ideal location for family life - and a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. But trendy types and night owls might find the area isolating: Main Street's culinary options are limited to a single diner, a slightly more upscale bar and grill and a since-closed-down pizzeria (plus, naturally, a Starbucks). While the transport links make it more viable than it once was, it's still less than ideal for those who anticipate frequent nights on the town.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Quiet, leafy
  • Neighborhood feel
Cons
  • Isolated
  • No dining life
  • No nightlife
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The other Chinatown"

Most tourists are extremely familiar with the Chinatown in Manhattan but New York City is in fact home to several other Chinatowns and Main Street in downtown Flushing , Queens is one such neighborhood that can also wear the crown of Chinatown in New York City for the area is home to a substantial number of Far East Asian populations especially the Chinese and the Koreans.

Like Manhattan’s Chinatown Main Street, Flushing hosts countless Chinese restaurants, grocery stores, bubble tea shops, Chinese bakeries, bookstores and herbalist stores and more. Main Street, Flushing which is the last stop on the number 7 line of the New York City subway line is a bustling, perennially busy neighborhood which is also served by the LIRR and several public buses that serve the borough of Queens.

The real estate scenario in Flushing is a mixture of old co-ops and condo buildings as well as single and multi-family homes and the neighborhood also offers some great shopping opportunities as it is home to several mainstream stores like Old Navy, Macy’s and the Flushing Mall which is located at Prince Street and is populated by many small stores and restaurants.

Aside from being a major transportation and shopping destination in New York City, Flushing is also well known as the home of major Hindu temples and religious centers like the Ganesh Temple ( the Hindu Temple society of North America), the Hindu Center and the Om Sai Mandir.
Pros
  • Flushing is home to a slew of Asian restaurants and stores and if you like Asian cuisine you will thoroughly enjoy the neighborhood
  • The neighborhood is well connected by public transport
  • affordable rents
  • central location
  • central to everything
  • close to major transport
Cons
  • Always busy and bustling, crowded and noisy
  • The number 7 subway is the main subway line that serves the area and it is not very reliable.
  • far from downtown
  • dingy apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5
2yrs+

"Main Street offers convenience, but it is overcrowded"

Main Street in Flushing is an extremely busy area of Queens. The subway stop carries workers in and out of Queens to Manhattan via the 7 train. The street is densely populated with all sorts of stores and while it's nice to have so much condensed into a small area it's overwhelming at times and the traffic can be horrible. There are stores that cater to a number of ethnic backgrounds including Middle Eastern, Asian and European cultures. Halal Food Markets and Chinese grocers seem to mingle well on the street which is nice. The only real issue is the overcrowding in the area closest to the subway.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"The Street with Everything"

Main Street, Flushing, NY. A full mix of all Ethnicicities. Food and Resturants of all types of flavors. Take-up and delivery available also. Movie theatres. Every type of business needed. Large stores and Mom and Pop businesses. There is a subway stop and bus routes. The street is crazy busy. Rush hour is not the time for shopping. Traffic at that time is also horrendeous. I'd suggest taking the bus, subway or parking on a side street. There is very little residental property. Rents are very high.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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