7.2 out of 10

Norfolk St, Lower East Side

Ranked 5th best street in Lower East Side
40.7190781174943 -73.9870170729171
Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Schools
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Good street to live on"

Norfolk starts off with all kinds of public spaces at Houston and it seems like it's going to be a pretty lackluster street. There's a playground, a church and a school all on one block. And, it's weird because they're all at Houston and I always get freaked out when I see a school on a street that's that busy. But, the street starts to pick up (and then tones down again) at Rivington. Schiller's, one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood and it's right on the corner. The food isn't to die for, but it's just so cool that you really don't care. Across from Schillers, there are two of the craziest looking apartment buildings in the city. They're way too funky for me but I guess some people like them because the units are pretty expensive. If you're into bizarre architecture, you can't miss these two buildings. There's also a sandwich shop, a donut shop and a few more bars on this block.
The rest of the street is residential, schools, a synagogue, etc, but the few blocks of bars and restaurants pack a lot of punch. Plus, the quieter parts of the street make it an easy to live on. There's fun but it's also not crazy loud and packed like other LES streets such as Ludlow.
Pros
  • arty
  • great bars
  • nightlife
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Arty, elegant, but still funky neighborhood"

Anyone who still associates the Lower East Side primarily with tenements and immigration will be surprised to see the changes that have been wrought on the so-called "LES" over the past few decades: this isn't your history class's Lower East Side. While the district's ethnic, working-class, and Jewish roots are still partially evident: there are still the weekend sales of cloth and linens at Orchard Street, and the occasional pastrami sandwich is to be had at one of the neighborhood's holdout delis (or Norfolk Street's Remedy Diner). But kosher delis are far less common on the ground than trendy cocktail bars: Norfolk Street's The Back Room, a 1920's-style "hidden" speakeasy is emblematic of the realm, as are more visible next door neighbors The Tonic and Nurse Betties. Likewise, Norfolk Street is short on tenement housing, but long on style: the Blue Condominium at number 105 is one of the city's most prestigious addresses, with an architecturally inventive blue-glass building that plays host to several of the city's arty intelligentsia. Not as inexpensive - or as homey - as it used to be, but the LES still manages to maintain a decidedly authentic vibe.
Pros
  • great bars
  • arty
  • nightlife
Cons
  • expensive
  • not authentic LE
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
3/5
2yrs+

"A bit of both worlds."

Norfolk is a great location to call home. There is literally nothing but residential homes on the block, but it's near Grand and Broome Street, two intersections that pack a lot of punch. You can get the party going on on of the major cross streets then simply walk home to the quiet of your own personal oasis. Norfolk and it's surrounding area is my ideal Manhattan a mix of calm and crazy.
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+

"Great place to live"

If you are a twenty-something who loves to party, but also to come home to your relatively quiet street, than Norfolk Street would be a choice place to live. There are actually blocks on the street that have yet to feature a bar or restaurant, a rarity in the LES. If you are visiting and plan on doing some bar hopping in the neighborhood, a stop into Nurse Bettie is worth your troubles. The 50's pinup themed bar features a delicious array of cocktails you've most likely never tried before. (Pearly Legal, anyone?)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Norfolk Street... Alright"

The Village: what a sweet location! Lots of trees, walking and calm. Like something from a 1920s film on New York City Life, score by a jazz saxophone in a minor key. this street is mainly residential and houses people from all walks of life. Norfolk St is close to the following metro stations: 6 at Spring Street, F, J, M, Z at Essex St- Delancey St, and the J, M, Z at Bowery. It is also accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!
3/5
2yrs+

"Nice place, like a tropical island in an ocean, almost"

Norfolk St would strike me as a much better place to live on than its counterpart in British county names Suffolk St next door, instead of being a dull and boarded up place this street has trees down it which always make a place seem nicer, and in general it had a good vibe.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A little less crazy then other nearby blocks"

Norfolk between Stanton and Houston is one of the few blocks on the Lower East Side that does not have a bar or Restaurant on it (for now at least). The whole west side of the block is taken up by an Elementary School. Used to live on Clinton Street and it is so nice to have at least a little bit of peace and quite.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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