5.6 out of 10

South 1st St, Williamsburg

Ranked 23rd best street in Williamsburg
40.7123314609392 -73.9573920881616
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters

Reviews

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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Ok street with some fun things"

South 1st is really coming into the forefront of hipsterdom. It used to be that the south number streets were kind of no man's land, but with the rent skyrocket of the north streets a lot of the hipsters, artists and musicians started to move south and east. There still isn't the kind of commerce on the south streets that the northern ones have; but, on the plus side, there isn't as much late night noise and foot traffic. The housing on South 1st is as ugly as the rest of Williamsburg but some of the apartments are big and cool. You are far more likely to find a decent sized place with maybe a patio (but don't get your hopes up) on South 1st than you are on North 6th. It's a little undesirable on South 1st late at night, but it's still pretty safe nowadays.
Rye is a great restaurant that is on South 1st with an equally great cocktail list. I love this place but it is definitely full of hipsters. If you want a skinny guy with facial hair or a judgmental chick with tattoos, this is your spot. If you want great food and drinks with a cool ambience, this is also your spot. Also, the famous Dumont is at South 1st. It is really good but I don't quite understand all of the hype around this place. There are a ton of great bars just up on Grand right around South 1st. They aren't, technically, on South 1st but they're close enough. There's a lot to do around this street but just not a ton actually on the street.
A couple of things that are somewhat taxing about South 1st are the fact that there aren't really as many deli's or places to pick up food as the northern streets. And, the delis that are around here are kinda gross with the exception of Khims. The other thing is that while it's nice to be right in between the two trains, you're not exactly close to either if you live on South 1st. So, blizzards, rain and excessive heat make getting to the train more than a little annoying. And, considering almost the entire year is filled with blizzards, rain or excessive heat, you're annoyed a lot (and covered in liquid).
If you find a good place, South 1st is pretty cool. It's not the best street in Williamsburg but it's a pretty decent one.
Pros
  • Quieter than other Willburg streets
  • Some cool bars in the vicinity
Cons
  • A few blocks away from cool bars
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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+

"Good street for residents under 30"

If you want to be close to everything that the neighborhood offers (the art scene, music scene, shopping and restaurants), then this is a great street. There’s a burger place over on Bedford between South First and Second called DuMont Burger that has some good beers on tap. The street is relatively quiet during the day, though there can be meandering groups of party-goers at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Hipsters and locals unite on this street."

This street has a cool mixture of hipster kids and Cuban men sitting on their stoops. This street is now considered cool and indie and most of the locals have embraced it. The brick apartment buildings are pretty and there are a few latin meat markets and 99 cent stores on this street. There is still some tagging on the buildings, but it adds to the charm of this street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

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