7.0 out of 10

Mercer St, SoHo

Ranked 8th best street in SoHo
40.7230558394357 -73.9999207219989
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Relatively quiet street considering it runs through Soho"

Mercer is one of the least crowded streets to run through Soho (which is primarily a nightmare any given day of the week). It has a couple of cool places and noteworthy things. But, I mostly use it to walk from point a to point b without getting bumped every three seconds.
NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is on the corner of Mercer and Waverly Place. This is a huge acting school and it's great to be in the area for people watching (i.e. a bunch of young crazy actors). It can get a little collegey if you know what I mean. Next door is NYU's Philosophy Building. It was built in 1890 and it's beautiful with a really cool staircase. So, it's worth a quick pop in.
Billy the Kid was born on Mercer somewhere around 3rd. I don't know that anyone knows exactly where, but whenever I walk on this stretch I feel a little more rogue.
The block of Mercer between W 3rd and Bleecker is stuffed with History. Where an NYU dorm building now stands was a theatre that has since burned down and been replaced. A memorial service for James Fenimore Cooper was at this site and John Wilkes Booth used to perform here. The site is also said to be the home for the man who was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby and the home of the writer of Guys and Dolls. On the staircase of the theatre, was an infamous shootout between two men who were fighting for the affection of a famous singer at the time (1872).
The corner of Mercer and Houston has my favorite movie theatre in the city, The Angelika. It's quiet and pretty and they have the best taste in art / independent movies around. You can hardly go wrong just picking a film to catch, blindly, at this place.
The Mercer Hotel is on the corner of Prince and it is a very chic hotel. There are a lot of foreigners that hang out there but my parents love this place for a drink in the middle of a shopping day. Lure Fishbar is also on the corner and I adore this place. It is downstairs with ship- like windows where you can see all of the feet on the street bustling by. A lot of musicians hang out here -- with their record execs. I was here eating oysters when I watched my first New York Blizzard. It was such a cool day.
There are a few Soho type stores on the street but it's relatively quiet as far as shopping and tourists go.
Pros
  • Fairly crowdless all things considered
  • Some cool buildings
Cons
  • Not much to do
  • Soho
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"A quiet street"

Mercer St extends from E 8th St to Canal St. It is a nice street not too trafficked. In the part crossing the Greenwich Village, there is a beautiful bookstore that also sells records. In its southern part, Mercer St hosts Soho’s elegant shops. In this part, Mercer Street retains its original Belgian block paving and has nice buildings. Unfortunately, it is hard to find apartments available here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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+

"Buy cheap books, view tall buildings"

There is a pretty cool outdoor flea market in this area that sells books and records, and especially caters to a younger demographic (being in the NYU neighborhood). Prices are pretty good, too, though maybe not as good as what you can buy from some of the homeless guys that sell stuff on the street illegally in the same area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Gallerinas and Coffee-junkies"

Galleries, coffeehouses and restaurants, oh my! Mercer Street offers a great atmosphere of class and casual rolled into one all along it's property. I love Mercer Street for it's eclectic but trendy style and it's offering of coffee shops and great food. Overall it's an amazing place to visit but is one of the less traveled roads in the area, from what i've seen, which makes it feel like your own private New York. I have nothing but love for the area.
2/5
2yrs+

"Charming Street, Good Shopping"

Mercer Street is in the heart of Soho, and you can find some great shopping and really interesting boutiques. It's a great little side street to visit if you choose to venture off Broadway when walking downtown, and get lost in the smaller streets cutting up Soho. It's a very chic and trendy area. I would really suggest it for anyone who's fashion-inclined.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"A Delightful Street in the Village"

Mercer Street is filled with an array of great things to do and is surrounded by some fantastic streets. Situated in the heart of the Village, Mercer Street provides the public wiht an array of conveniences and a lot to look forward to. There are plenty of restaraunt such as the Lure Fish Bar and Woo Lae Oak Inn which offer some dynamic touches on Asian cuisine. All in all I would say that this is good street to get started on here in New York, especially if you’re a fan of the ambiance in the Village!
5/5
2yrs+

"An overall GREAT experience"

This was the first place my brother took me when I first visited him. It left an awesome taste in my mouth, and I would love to come back to it one day. The cafes, coffee shops, and restauraunts are AMAZING, and are always humming with business. The music, book, and misc. stores are a great touch, and one can burn through money by simply visiting these stores.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Home of Good Environments"

Mercer Street is the home of some really great establishments, with great environments. The cheap Japanese cafe Dojo is a must-visit. Also, think Coffee is my favorite coffee joint in the entire city. Although there is plenty of seating, it fills up regularly. Independent bookstores and music stores also make this street a must-see.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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