4.5 out of 10

Pearl St, Financial District

Ranked 19th best street in Financial District
40.7031255022071 -74.0137139997357
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles


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

"Battery Park boring."

I think this part of Pearl as outlined on the map is, technically, Battery Park City, but they sort of blend into each other anyway. This used to be big time farmland when New York was New Amsterdam, and Pearl, in general, is a very heavy governmental street and always has been. The first produce market was on Pearl in the 1650's and I can't imagine any kind of community gathering like that in this area anymore. I think I would pass out from shock.
The corner of Broad and Pearl houses a really cool apartment building and a not cool office building that used to be the New York State Capital Building. The building that was there has long since been torn down which is sad because what a cool monument that could have been. The rest of the buildings on Pearl as it runs through this neighborhood are all apartment buildings which are crazy expensive because of the park view. It's a good mix of old and new buildings but there's not a lot happening around here, energy or nightlife wise. It's really chaotic during the day and absolutely dead at night. And, there's just no neighborhood feel.
  • Bad restaurant scene
  • Charmless
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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

"A tourist attraction"

Originally known in Dutch as Parelstraat, Pearl Street today has a rich history rooted in centuries of Dutch and colonial English tradition. Meandering along what was once the shoreline of the East River (later evened out via landfill), Pearl Street is home to a number of buildings tourists will no doubt be keen to see: Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington gave his famous speech to the troops, is still operating today; likewise, the turn of the century hexagonal State Court Building at number 60 is famous for its Romanesque portico, and is a must-see for architecture buffs. The biggest attraction, of course, may be the Brooklyn Bridge, which is crossed by thousands of interested tourists each year.

For residents, Pearl Street may not be so intriguing. Pearl Street is a largely commercial, somewhat bland area with minimal nightlife and restaurant scenes. (The Pearl Street Diner, a standard New York style coffee shop, is the unofficial hub on the street.) While it's worth seeing as a tourist, New Yorkers looking to live or work in a spot that encapsulates New York charm may want to look elsewhere.
  • Historical buildings
  • Bad restaurant scene
  • Charmless

"Great Location, good food."

Pearl Street has a cool, busy vibe to it. Because it is located close to the Brooklyn Bridge there is a lot of foot traffic and a ton of great quick food options. The Pearl Street Diner offers homey food and great burgers. Ketch offers more upscale dining. It's a nice area and great to walk around. Transportation is great and it's Financial District proximity makes it a good choice for those in the business.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

"Pearls of Wisdom"

I didn't like this street. It was unattractive, the people were rude, and it was very smelly. I wasn't impressed and don't think you'll see this street on any tours of New York City anytime soon. It's fairly
convenient though and it is close to the metro! You'll find more in terms of conveniences, but nothing too interesting.

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