4.4 out of 10

Pitt St, Lower East Side

Ranked 19th best street in Lower East Side
40.7175710474406 -73.9828847681284
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
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Reviews

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

"A park, a playhouse and not much else"

Pitt street is what Avenue C turns into as the East Village becomes the Lower East Side. It starts off with the ole Hamilton Fish Park. The park is about 100 years old and is named for the one of the biggest political families in New York history. The next few blocks after the park are all public housing buildings, so I guess you can say this is quite the public street (read: don't live here). It's a pretty dramatic change from the street on the other side of Houston. It's a pretty far departure from what we generally think of when we imagine the LES nowadays. Pitt up until about Delancey seems to be more in line with the old Lower East Side. It's a really low income few blocks with little in the way of bars or restaurants.
Once you get past Delancey, there's a pretty cool, Precinct house that has both police and fire departments. That's pretty rare in any city, let alone in one with so little space. If there's any kind of emergency, this is a one-stop shop. Across from the precinct is the Abron Arts Center which is a space designed for music, drama and other performance arts. That place doesn't interest me, but what does is what the Arts center was built around: The Neighborhood Playhouse. The Neighborhood Playhouse is kind of legendary in the writer / actor world. It went up in 1915 and has housed works from O'Neill, Shaw, Joyce and Orson Welles with performers such as Ethel Barrymore, James Cagney and Isadora Duncan. The Neighborhood Playhouse is also where the Sanford Meisner technique of acting was born and it's where he taught. It's a pretty massive name as far as the theatre world goes and I highly recommend visiting it even though the magic of it mostly died after Meisner did.
It's amazing how a street can have nothing noteworthy or special about it (and can even be downright ugly) but just having one great thing makes it an ok street. I wouldn't live on Pitt by any means, but I would recommend going there for the Playhouse. Obviously, you'd have to leave right after and go to a different street for drinks, food and living but at least it's not too far from those things.
Pros
  • Neighborhood Playhouse
Cons
  • Ugly
  • No bar or restaurant scene
2/5
2yrs+

"not much to find"

There's several small establishments and the police precinct here. There are also several tenement houses and teenagers/young adults looking for things to do (mostly during the nighttime). I personally haven't spent much time here other than to walk to East Broadway. You can easily access the rest of the Lower East Side as well.
Recommended for
  • Singles
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"I give it credit for being nearby to a great scene"

Well, it’s home to the police precinct - so if you live nearby you can feel extra safe. Pitt Street seems a bit further east of the rest of the neighborhood, but it’s a short walk from all of the nightlife that the Lower East Side has to offer. It’s the typical LES affair: former tenement housing lines the streets, restaurants are packed in, and twenty-somethings prowl for alcohol late nights.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Not my favorite by a long shot."

Pitt Street is forgettable at best much of it's former glory has been gone for decades and large housing towers have very little charm and appeal and the small businesses that reside on the street are largely for residential use. There is nothing dragging tourists to Pit street and while it does offer some convenience there is so little going on a potential resident would be better off looking elsewhere
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"Pitt Street is Nice"

To be honest, I have no idea who Hamilton Fish is, but this park is beautiful and nestled in are some very nice housing options. I liked Pitt Street's simplicity of design, marred by the overdressed residents. I could see myself settling down in this area, raising a family, and relaxing with my youth only a few blocks away.

Pitt 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!

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