5.1 out of 10

Suffolk St, Lower East Side

40.718820005857 -73.9861807004693
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  •  

Reviews

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

"Yes and no"

Suffolk is a pretty mixed bag as far as LES streets go. There's not a ton of stuff to see or do but there are a few nice surprises on the street. The good news about that is that it makes the street quieter and a little lower in rent while still being more than close enough to the life of the party streets. The bad news is that there's a lot of useless space on the street and that always make me think that there are creatures of the night lurking about in them. I'd rather not walk through a parking lot at 2 am but that's just me.
The west side of Suffolk at Houston is all residential and like most of the Lower East Side, the apartment buildings all look like old tenements but have non-tenement rent prices. The opposite corner houses a pretty decent bar (I can't remember the name (there are so many in this neighborhood) and a garden which is kind of weird match but great if you live in one of the apartments across the street. You have a local haunt and some green which is a hard combo to find in the LES. The opposite corner of the street, at Stanton, offers an Argentinean restaurant called Azul and an art gallery. So, this block is pretty well rounded but not crazy with the hustle and bustle of things to do.
The next block . . . not so well-rounded. There's a prep school for troubled youth and a matzo shop.. . .and that's it. Both have been around forever though so that must be a testament to something. It's just not a testament to fun or cool living spaces.
Once you cross Rivington, the street gets much more in tune with the neighborhood. There's a crazy, out of place Gothic building that's not an art center. I wish it were apartments because I would so want to live in the one gothic structure in the middle of the Lower East Side. It probably will be eventually but for now, it's just a dream. Across the street, there's a pretty cool juice place called Organic Avenue. Yes, I'm a nerd for pushing a juice place, but it's surprising how hard those are to come by when you're not near a Juice Generation. The same side of the block also houses a French restaurant that's pretty good and has live jazz and a vegetarian Japanese place that's also pretty good but doesn't have live jazz. Shocking, I know.
The block across Rivington is entirely a parking lot. On both sides. I'm not kidding. And, now the next block is pretty much entirely parking lot except for the relic of a building that used to have Two Boots Pizza. I think Two Boots closing here is one of the saddest things ever. It's my favorite pizza in the city and it's hard when your favorite closes but all of the disgusting Ray's Pizzas are still open. Go figure.
Across Grand, there's nothing but the Seward Co-op buildings. They're monstrous looking things. It kind of looks like a hospital and for all of the trouble you have to go to in order to live in a co-op, why here? I don't understand the people that live in these things.
Pros
  • Quieter than other LES streets
  • Some bars and restaurants
Cons
  • A lot of dead spaces
  • Kind of ugly
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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