7.4 out of 10

Prince St, SoHo

Ranked 3rd best street in SoHo
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Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 16, 2011

"Oh-No Lita!"

NoLita was trendy once. A tangle of streets located just to the north of tourist-magnet Little Italy, NoLita was a hidden gem of a neighborhood - filled with minimalist-designed loft buildings, artsy coffeehouses, and bars where those "in the know" drank until morning. Today, however, NoLita has lost a bit of its charm. It's no longer New York's next big thing, but it doesn't have the same depressing has-been feel of the Meatpacking District. Somehow, between gentrification and the shame of becoming outre, NoLita has become rather nice. It has a distinctively "downtown" feel (think SoHo or Tribeca rather than the West or East Village - not bohemian but nevertheless artsy and sophisticated). Prince Street in particular isn't known for much (beyond being the home of Rupert Murdoch), but it's a great place to live nonetheless. There's an enormous cluster of inexpensive, interesting restaurants, especially around LaFayette Street (try Cafe Fallai, or the Savoy Restaurant if you're feeling luxurious), and the nightlife scene has managed to outlast its trendiness, combining New York elegance with a more laid-back vibe. If this area is a has-been, we're happy to be out of style!
Pros
  • Great dining
  • A nice mix of trendy and laid-back
  • gorgeous street
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Big tourist presence
  • Not the next big thing anymore
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Sep 08, 2010

"Pretty street but always packed with tourists and Euros"

There's a townhouse on the corner of Prince and 6th Ave that is restored to it's original granduer (it was built in 1834) and it's such a cool thing to take a peek at. Raoul's is an amazing restaurant on Prince at Thompson. The food is divine, it's small and cozy, and the owner is a riot. This restaurant is a must. And, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Milady's is a total dive bar at Thompson that is also amazing. It's so sketchy and awful and awesome.
Once you get past West Broadway, you're headed into major Soho / Shopping / Tourist. Prince is lined with shop after shop after shop. It's dizzying, but the street has almost anything you can think of. . . and, a sea of people.
The corner of Prince and Lafayette is where President Monroe died (just 5 days after Jefferson and Madison). He was in his daughter's house which is still there. Old St Patrick's Cathedral is on the corner of Mott and Prince. It was the first Catholic Church erected in NYC and it is really beautiful. And, just across Mott is the actual, original Ray's Pizza. So, if you're gonna do Rays, this has to be the one you do.
Cafe Habana is on the corner of Mott and Elizabeth. This was the first dinner I ever had in New York and every time people come to visit me, I take them here. It is tiny, the food is delicious and it's exactly how you would imagine a New York place to be. The wait is always insane, though, so be warned.
Prince is such a pretty street that it sucks that it's so painful to get around -- especially on weekends. But, there are a number of places that make enduring the crowd more than worth it.
Pros
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Always crowded
  • Too many tourists
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
Jan 12, 2010

"Gorgeous in the summer"

Prince street is full of shoppers. It's home to the first Apple store in New York City, and one of the first bright green bike lanes that borders the sidewalk on the North side of the Street. Prince starts in earnest around Lafayette, commercially at least. Rays Pizza (one of the good ones) has it's home just off the Bowery, and some great coffee shops are on Mott just south of Prince. Overall, a great, pretty street in the Summer.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 16, 2009

"Stylish but crowded"

Prince Street means quality shopping, with Prada, Intermix, and the Apple SoHo store all being obvious draws. I like Ina Nolita for its mix of designers, and Paula Rubenstein for all kinds of stuff they have, a collection of interesting vintage furnishings and odd pieces with which to clutter up your living space. The perpetual sidewalk vendors don't impress me and just clog pedestrian traffic, in my opinion, but there is usually one guy on Prince who offers movie scripts for sale of all the movies you've probably seen. Never bought one, but just in case I ever need to know the exact dialogue to Raging Bull, here is where you find it out without strating and stopping the DVD player. Fanelli's is a classic New York bar at the corner with Mercer, with a history as old as your grandfather. You'll notice the wood paneling and corrugated tin ceilings, which are original details. Nobody builds like this any more. The owner is a former boxer, and the bartender really knows his business, with dexterous moves and a big, booming personality to match. The place is often full of European tourists, so I guess it's been written up in some destination guide listing over on the other side.
Pros
  • gorgeous street
  • beautiful people all around
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Always crowded
  • Too many tourists
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
Feb 03, 2009

"Soho boutiques and thousands of visitors"

Everyone knows Prince Street in Soho. It is where you can find the best boutiques in New York: Chanelle and Prada are there. Even if you do not feel like shopping at Prada, the store is still worth a look: Its interior was designed by Rem Koolhaas, and it is a great experience to be in there. For the high-tech lovers, there is an Apple Store just at the corner with Mercer Street. Normally, when the stores are open and during the weekend Prince street is over-crowded with visitors. However, few people know that this street is even more beautiful at night when no one is around and you can enjoy the beauty of its buildings.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish You're right about the nighttimes.
Dec 16, 2009
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3/5
Nov 08, 2008

"On Prince Street"

Prince Street is at the heart of the village and is filled with great shopping, dining, and entertainment. This street is always filled with people and really classically personifies city life. I really enjoy this part of the city, as most New Yorkers do, for its plain clothes sophistication and bohemian atmosphere. This street in particular houses some great shopping! A great street to spend a day on in the city.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish It's NOT in the village and it's NOT bohemian! Have you been here at all?
Dec 16, 2009
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4/5
Oct 11, 2008

"Shopping, Shopping, and Shopping!"

As the fist street you hit south of Houston Street, Prince Street boasts some of the most attractive dining and shopping locations in SoHo. It is home to among other places, the flagship Apple store, although it is no longer open twenty four hours a day. You can also mosey along and window shop at John Varvados, Versanti nearby, or pay visit to any of the smaller jewelry and gift stands that are there during the day. At night, the food and drink venues really shine with Lure, a boat-themed Oyster bar that has you feeling as if you've just sailed the seven seas. Further down is of course, the famous Mercer Kitchen and Mercer Hotel, although the decor might offer you more than the products actually do in this place. Take a look around, and explore this quaint little street, especially as it arches further down and borders little Italy with Mulberry street. There, you will start to fine some of the finest delicacies to soothe that Cannoli Craving.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
Sep 02, 2008

"Let's go shopping!!!"

Shopping in Soho is an experience. Some stores are ridiculously overpriced, but others have really good deals. I bought a cute purse and hat here for only $20. Check out the thai food around here. It’s delicious! I recommend Peep at 177 Prince St. The décor is so cool and the people are really friendly.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
Jul 19, 2008

"The Truth About Prince"

Now, you get some SHOPPING! This is where you can begin to find the major labels you came to the city to shop for. On this street, you’ll find J.Crew and Intermix, and interesting mix of clothes for day and night. I like walking this street and going in and out of store, not only to soak up the free air conditioning, but also to check the sales racks! New York City has GREAT sales, ladies.
This village is best accessed by the followed Metro Stations: 1,2 Houston Street, A,C,E, Spring Street, Prince St N,R,W, Broadway-Lafayette, B,D,F,V, Bleeker St, 4,6 2nd Ave- Lower East Side F,V, Canal St 1, 2, Canal St, A,C,E, ...N, Q R,W,... 4, 6,... J, M, Z, Grand St, B, D Bowery, J, M, Franklin, 1, 2. It is also very well acessible by the bus system!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
May 11, 2008

"Artsy Soho at Its Best!"

Prince Street in Soho is a terrific artsy street, everything New York's Soho is supposed to be. It's an excellent place to spend an entire day (and I've done that many times!), because in addition to big-ticket shopping like H&M and the Apple Store, it's also full of tiny terrific shopping, including stationery and novelty shops like Japan's Muji and my favorite, the Ritz Shoe Store!

A great shopping street that's also dotted with cafes and bistros, perfect for a light snack to refuel. Prince Street is within walking distance of Canal Street and Chinatown, another of my favorite places to walk, shop, and nibble!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
May 01, 2008

"Shopping Haven in the Middle of Soho"

A centre for Shopping and for up and coming art galleries, prince st has something for everyone. On this st you will find the Apple Mac Store and many popular clothing Chains like H and M, Uniqlo, and Muji. This is a very fashion concious neighborhood. Many tourists frequent the area to find the latest trend.
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  • Singles

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