"Ethnic Food Markets"
There are a lot of stores on Franklin Avenue that pay homage to the Middle Eastern Influence in the neighborhood. Pakistani and Afghani Grocers are easily found and Halal markets are pretty common as well. While it's a nice addition to any city the area can get pretty packed on the weekends with shoppers so avoid it if you can on Saturday and Sunday.
"The drawbacks are too great."
38th Avenue is a nice enough area that offers great convenience to it's residents but that very convenience is a huge problem. The train stops at Willets Point Blvd and while that might sound great the noise from the train is almost unbearable. People say they get used to it, but I can only imagine that's because they are going deaf. It is also close to Shea Stadium creating a lovely mess of traffic on game days.
College Point Blvd
"Industrialized and simply unappealing."
College Point Blvd is just one of those roads you travel on to get somewhere else. There is nothing of note and the entire street is just dark, dank and industrial with lumbar, construction and car yards lining the area. While that might work for some people it's just kind of ugly in my opinion. The road also leads towards the Whitestone Expressway service road which is busy and pretty crowded. Overall it's not a place you have to go and I probably would not.
West 112 St
"Homey, quiet and peaceful"
Bank Street College of Education is on 112th St. as is St. Johns, a sprawling church that is just gorgeous in it's own respect. Riverside Park offers a nice retreat into nature as does Central Park. Closer to the West end things are extremely quiet and maintains a mostly residential vibe, which is nice if you intend to call this place home.
West 89 St
"Parks and peace"
Situated between Riverside Park and Central Park West 89th Street is a paradise for those looking for a neighborhood that embodies a real spirit. I'm partial to the West Side and this is why. Cute cafes and apartments are the norm. Foot traffic remains somewhat light and the weekends are a perfect time to stroll down to the park for a lovely afternoon of relaxation.
"At home on Stone"
Vastly different from it's neighboring Streets Stone Street is a really relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a pub where you feel very at home Stone Street has it as well as some great classic eateries as well. There is a super friendly and small town vibe to the area and you feel very at home as soon as you are on the street. It is a must stop for people visiting.
"Easily accessible and exciting"
Easily accessible and well traveled Broad Street offers a glimpse into the financial district. It intersects with Wall Street and houses a number of shops, eateries and great experiences. It is serviced by the 2,3,4,5 and a few buses as well making it super easy to get to and from.
"Nice, but overly crowded and touristy"
While Whitehall Street offers some really great views of the water and the statue it is simply too crowded during the warm months to even consider enjoying. It's a tourist trap at it's finest and while there are some great things to see the crowds can make the trip almost unbearable. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are worth a trip so any tourist is going to have to make the haul down.
East 18 St
"Eclectic and well maintained"
East 18th street is an eclectic neighborhood with variety of different food options and weekend activities. A quick drink, a full meal or a simple late night snack is easy to come by all along the street. Closer to the far east end things get a bit quieter while closer to midtown the nightlife is alive and well.
West 118 St
"Like the area a lot."
I like Uptown because it's really casual and seemingly more normal than some other areas of the city and 118th Street fits the bill. Small businesses and residential buildings sit in the shadows of Columbia and Hospitals have called the general area home for awhile. It still maintains residential charm which is great in a city that is constantly growing and expanding.
"Diverse and tightly packed."
When you enter Steinway Street in Queens you quickly realize that the entire block is self sufficient. If the entire world fell away tomorrow they'd probably survive. The block has everything from eye glass retailers to food and markets for every ethnicity. Arabic, Greek and Asian influences are very strong and great gyros and falafel are never far away.
East 42nd St
"Grand Central, that is for sure."
Where E. 42nd and Park meet is one of the busiest place i've ever seen in my life. Grand Central Terminal stands proud in the center and there is a constant whirl of people all going where they need to go. 42nd Street is New York at it's busiest but also at it's most charming to be honest. A nice array of people are a constant reminder that you are never alone in NY. GTC in and of itself is simply breathtaking and anyone visiting should give it a look the architecture and detail are truly unique and special.
East 33 St
"Quiet and homey"
East 33rd can be quiet and restful as you get closer to the eastern end of the island, however closer to midtown the pace picks up and busy professionals are the more common inhabitants. While there is a great deal to do in the area there is nothing of note right on East 33rd which is what makes it nice. It's good living in a huge city that offers you everything and more.
"Lovely and lively"
Amsterdam Avenue offers a little bit of everything but it stays true to it's name with a real flare for the nightlife and maybe a bit of the seedy underground. Columbia and Yeshiva both have campuses on the block bringing the street even more alive and Bourbon Street is a great stop as well.
Little West 12th St
"Little packs a punch"
Little 12th street packs a real punch and you can't help but fall in love with the vibrant and opulent attitude that permeates the street. STK offers great steak and there is an abundance of amazing bar experience all along the street. I have nothing but love for this area and it's meatpacking roots.
"Not worth the hype"
Hotel Ganesvoort is the pride and joy of this area but that's all that there really but it's not really anything worthwhile. The establishments in the area have a pretty deluded sense of trendiness and overall think they can charge more just because they are located within spitting distance of the swank Ganesvoort. The street itself isn't all that appealing either and there is no reason to head that way unless you want to be one of or oogle the hip and trendy.
"Such a simple name."
Jane Street lives up to it's name. It's quiet and unassuming, but it has a special quirk to it that is worth a stop. Last time i headed down to the area Grounded offered a great cup of coffee and Corner Bistro offered simple yet tasty food. Overall Jane Street is sweet and while there isn't anything to write home about for a tourist it's a nice place to live and a great place to just stop by.
"More family oriented than other streets around it."
There are some streets in Manhattan that just seem more family oriented than others; this is one of them. It's a mostly residential block that offers pretty peaceful living accommodations. A small recreation center brings real life to the neighborhood during the warmer months. It's not a tourist attraction by any means but it's a nice quiet place to call home.
"Some Charm but Nothing Special"
Bank Street has good living accommodations and the streets around it have great nightlife. Hudson Street is always worth a visit for a good time and a nice dining experience. Bank Street Theatre offers off-Broadway performances that are quirky and interesting but at a reduced price.
"Good living in a great neighborhood."
Perry Street offers great residential living in beautiful old buildings. The brownstones and buildings offer a lot of light and great living accommodations and it is close to some amazing stops. Magnolia Bakery is just a block or so north and the 1 services the area at Christopher Street. For a bit of nightlife Christopher Street and Charles Street just south of Perry offer great bars and lounges.
"Lovely environment in the heart of a hip neighborhood."
Charles Street offers a great mix of nightlife and residential living. The Bars and Restaurants bump until the early morning hours and the street is never ever dull. Mary's Fish Camp has a huge draw and for good reason, it's just full of life. Charles Street is also one of those perfect people watching streets. You can be simply entertained by watching people stroll on by.
"Call it crazy"
Things can get a bit Rowdy on Christopher street but that's the way I like it. The nightlife is worth every bit of noise that is offered up because of it and the street and it's history stands for something extremely important. The gay rights movement started in the area and the entire neighborhood has historical significance to that movement.
"Barrow Street is Simple and Cozy"
The Ale House on Barrow Street has been one of my favorite stops since I started venturing that far south into Manhattan. The feel is really cozy and comfortable much like the rest of Barrow Street. It sounds odd that a road can put you at easy but Barrow Street does. It has the perfect mix of action and quiet.
"Love the area"
Close to the Action Waverly Place is a beautifully managed block that offers it's residents a lot of amenities. For a fast bite Gray's Papaya offers a fantastic traditional hot dog for the low, low price of $1.50. Waverly can become a bit noisy as NYU buildings and students crawl the area but most of the time it's a nice mix of lively fun and an amazing atmosphere
"Good food on a nice street."
Bedford Street winds up and allows walkers to enjoy the sights and sounds of Manhattan with leisure. A Saturday can be spent strolling the street and browsing the shops and businesses or stopping in at Blue Ribbon Bakery Market to check out the local cheeses, and specialty items housed at the store. A foodie or culinary wiz will adore the shelves of imported items and local favorites.
"Love the Rowhouses"
Row house after rowhouse after rowhouse creates a warm and intimate feel to the street. It is quiet and generally lovely and while little actually happens on the street those around it are constantly busy and bumping so fun is never more than a short walk away. The uniformity and cleanliness of the area is really charming and interesting and absolutely makes it a place you would want to live.
"Nice area but a boring street."
Nothing extremely remarkable on Clarkson Street but it's relatively quiet and comfortable for living. When you get close to the Water traffic seems a bit heavier but overall it's never terrible which makes it nice to walk around in the area. There are no real notable business that spring to my mind but as it's rather close to Houston Street the lack of businesses shouldn't be a problem by any means. It's located in a convenient area with great features all around.
"Avoid the corners"
Charlton Street is quiet once you get towards the middle of the block but it intersects with some very heavily trafficked hotspots in the city. If quiet is what you are after Charlton Street is a nice place to settle but try to stay towards the middle of the street as the corners can be rather noisy as they intersect with heavily trafficked roads. Archipelago is worth a stop and is bringing more sophistication and charm to the neighborhood.
"Commuters delight on King Street"
Consider it one of those "pass through" streets. It is simply a residential street with nice buildings and a nice general atmosphere but the foot traffic is light and the businesses even lighter in the area. It is easily accessed though making it a contender for residential life. The 1 subway stops at Houston Street only one block up and the C,E are just two short blocks south at Spring Street. Overall it's a nice enough road that makes travel and commuting simple.
"Easy living in a great area"
When downtown exploded Vandam Street seemed to keep its cool, making it a great residential pick. It is close to the action, but still quiet enough to call home, which is a nice change of pace from some of the retail oriented streets around it. While it has some serious commercial work going on there is nothing that really makes it unlivable, actually it is rather nice.
"Wine and Residential living."
Vestry is a beautifully residential neighborhood in Tribeca but it still offers some cool stops for tourists and residents alike. Vestry Wines is a liquor store that is filled to the brim with wine racks upon wine racks of fabulous vino. The wooden interior is fresh and absolutely stunning. It's worth a stop without a doubt. The buildings for residential use are clean, well maintained and retain the charm of Tribeca but further development is pretty hard to come by as Tribeca residents are notoriously difficult when passing new projects through.
"Industrial plans and residential living clash"
Industrial and residential meet to create an interesting and eclectic feel on Debrosses Street. Tribeca Rooftop is a party space that keeps things bumping to all hours of the night and a few more party spaces are planned for the street. It is becoming more lively, to the dismay of residents, so it's a spot to stop out and check out if you are in the area.
"Decent place to live"
Watts Street appears as though it would be a quiet and comfortable spot to live and in some ways it is. There isn't a whole lot going on at any given time, with the exception of a few eateries in the area, but the tunnel approach cuts right through. Rush our traffic is an interesting sight to see to be perfectly honest and while it cuts down on it's charm it can be rather amusing. I wouldn't count it out as a place to live but there is no reason to visit. It might get a bit loud but overall it's not out of the question.
East End Ave
"Great location, big price tag."
East End Avenue is a pricey street in Manhattan bordering the East River Park. It is home to several exclusive club houses and luncheon spots and also is home to Gracie Mansion. It's atmosphere is one of peace and quiet and old money reigns supreme in the area. It's absolutely breathtaking and extremely clean. Not even a stray piece of gum can be found on the pavement. Dogs seems to be the pet of choice in the area and many a pooch can be found strolling the block with their owner or walker trailing right behind.
West End Ave
"Pricey but worth it."
I appreciate West End Avenue for it's nice residential feel and it's proximity to major roads. Broadway is just an Avenue away making everything extremely convenient. The street is well traveled but retains a lot of charm and with Riverside Park 1 avenue to the east it is absolutely the best of both world.
"Wide open space"
Laight Street houses some of the most amazing lofts in Tribecca the sprawling homes offer a massive amount of space by New York City Standards with huge windows and gorgeous natural light. There is nothing not to like, accept the price tag that is. On the outside beautiful old buildings have been restored to their glory and the walk down the street is interesting to say the least. It's a great place to call home and a great place to visit for those who are looking for a bit of restored history.
"Good place to call home."
Hubert Street is not action packed by any means but it is quiet and clean with some charming buildings and friendly residents. Overall it's not a place that should be visited by a tourist as their is nothing of note on it, but for a resident looking to put down roots downtown this fits the bill nicely.
"Miss the old Harrison"
The Harrison street of a few years ago was a beautiful walk where trendy laughs and upscale businesses ruled the roost, but construction and congestion has turned it into a hell of a place to be, especially on foot. It's loud and rather irritating at times. It's sad that the beautiful street of old seems to be missing in action.
"Good atmosphere in a great neighborhood"
Good food and good fun is easy to come by on Greenwich street. It is a truly lively place to be and if you are into an action-packed area this might be a great place to stop. The people watching possibilities are endless and Tribeca Grill offers some great food finds. I just simply love the atmosphere and the foot traffic that is so readily avaliable on Greenwich Street.
"Nice neighborhood feel"
Beach Street is a small side street that can be accessed via Greenwich Street and Hudson Street among others. It has a real neighborhood feel to it and the plentiful housing makes that fact known. A few businesses line the area, but they are mostly intended for residents use and the tavern on the street is a true, neighborhood bar that is casual and comfortable.. not to mention affordable. I wouldn't mind living in the area at all.
"Keep an eye open for changes."
Varick Street is going through some serious changes and it's heading to trendy quickly. City Winery and Greenhouse are two interesting additions to the neighborhood and loft office space is bringing a rush of people in. Varick has been such a "no name" street for so long that it's about time it had something of note on it and that's all going to happen in 2009.
North Moore St
"Love the vibe!"
Located in trendy Tribecca N. Moore Street offers an interesting mix of residential buildings with amazing eateries. Anyone in the area should stop by Walkers for a good burger or an incredible lunch complete with Bloody Marys. Bubby's is also a popular spot along the way. Great food and a really comfortable atmosphere is what makes N. Moore Street shine.
"Nothing special at all."
A pretty good Thai Restaurant was the only truly appealing notion on Lispandard Street. A a smaller side street it's a bit dark and dank in appearance and offers very little to weary travelers. It's in the center of a busy area but yet nothing seems to have tried to inundate the road, strange for a city like Manhattan.
"Love the vibe!"
A true "neighborhood" feel really vibrates all along Greene Street. The brownstones and buildings feel homey and well cared for and the small businesses that are located in the area clearly pride themselves on their individuality. The Coffee bar located by Houston brings an interesting aroma to the area and really fills the entire street with a friendly and fashionable vibe. It's a great place to call home.
"Gallerinas and Coffee-junkies"
Galleries, coffeehouses and restaurants, oh my! Mercer Street offers a great atmosphere of class and casual rolled into one all along it's property. I love Mercer Street for it's eclectic but trendy style and it's offering of coffee shops and great food. Overall it's an amazing place to visit but is one of the less traveled roads in the area, from what i've seen, which makes it feel like your own private New York. I have nothing but love for the area.
"A perfect place to settle."
Crosby Street is so quaint that it becomes difficult to remember you are in Manhattan. The coblestones really create something special for some reason and paired with the interesting buildings it's a beautiful place. As for things going on right on the street, there isn't much but it's a great connection between two very happening and trendy areas. It's convenient and homey, a nice place to settle.
"kind of boring"
When a street falls into the inevitable "no mans land" between two neighborhoods it can either become a trendy crossing point or an absolute dead zone. Lafayette is the latter. There are a couple of Chinese restaurants and some interesting street vendors but beyond that nothing is going on at all and the area seems to roll in it's sidewalks as night falls. If you are into a nice walk you can find a good time on nearby avenues but even then it's a haul to get to and fro. It's not a big deal but there are other surroundings streets that are just as good with a bit more action.
"Centre of great architecture!"
Centre street has amazing architecture to check out for tourists with an interest in that sort of thing. The Supreme Court Building is worth a stop to check out the building and the views from the condos and coops are absolutely breathtaking, that is if you can afford it. Overall it's a nice area but don't expect real estate to be cheap at all. It's location comes at a premium.
"I like it but I don't love it."
A street so close to the bridge is doomed from the start, in my opinion, but Forsyth Street has managed to hang onto some charm. There are a few interesting markets and stores but otherwise it's largely residential. It's proximity to the bridge can make for an interesting morning full of traffic however it isn't horrible enough to stay completely away from.
"Forgotten by the city"
Interesting "public art" is the only thing really going on on Attorney Street. There are no eateries to speak of and no great boutiques that you just have to pop into. It's quiet for the most part and while that can be nice it's a bit odd when you consider the area it is in. When everything around is bustling and rowdy you have to wonder why one street seems so forgotten.
"Loud but interesting"
Home to the "recently legal" party crowd Orchard Street is rowdy at night as the bars fill to capacity. Lucky Jacks and The Skinny are fairly popular with the 20something crowd as are a number of other bars along the way. If you like the nightlife by all means call Orchard home, however the noise can be a lot to deal with when you aren't part of the party.
"Nightlife for everyone."
A very unique vibe gives way to a performance heritage and pedigree. Chrystie Street is home to The Box, a performance space opened in 2007. Kush offers a great musical lounge feel and 205 offers a real grungy lair feel. All and all there is nightlife for everyone on Chrystie Street and it embodies the lifestyle of the L.E.S
"Good food and fun"
Eldridge Street is home to some interesting food stops and a number of great bars. Dumpling House is extremely popular with the local foodie crowd. It's great take out for those looking for a good Chinese dumpling. Milk & Honey is an attempt to recreate a true London Lounge.
"The Cut off Point"
Allen Street serves as a bit of a cut off point between neighborhoods but the L.E.S still claims it. Allen St offers great bars and eateries all along the strip. Sorellla offers contemporary Italian while Tiengarden offers great vegan finds. For night time fun People Lounge is a real interesting nook to explore.
"It's as interesting as the L.E.S gets"
Ludlow offers an interesting mix of daytime food and night time fun. Rush Hour is a great stop for a quick burger and Blue Seats offers a good spot for sports lovers. Pianos is more geared towards music lovers. There are some truly interesting boutiques along the way as well. Itsasickness, yes all one word, offers some interesting apparel options.
"Love the style, love the flair"
Stanton Street is bustling into the early morning hours as the bars let out and the trendy make their way home for the night, or morning, whatever you'd like to call it. There are some great bars and lounges in the area that are worth a stop if that is your kind of thing. Arlene's Grocery is a great place to stop for a good laugh and the Stanton Social is an interesting stop as well. Some rather unique boutiques and apparel stores can be found in the area too which is nice for a people looking for unique outfits.
"Call it home.."
Clinton Street makes residential and commercial space meet in an interesting way. One side houses many residential buildings while the other becomes more commercial and retail-oriented. The bakery on the street offers amazing baked goods for all who walk past it and the smell from outside is amazing. Several restaurants on the street also have some bragging to do so it's a great place to live for someone who likes the mix of residential and commercial space on the same block, personally I do.
"Good nightlfe in the heart of L.E.S"
Essex Street is centrally located on the Lower East Side and offers a really interesting mix of places, people and stops. The Pickle Guys is a must stop for anyone who enjoys a great pickle. You can't miss it the big green awning gives it away. Boss Tweed's Saloon is a great themed bar that really goes out of it's way to host a great time. Flip Cup, Karokee and free wings!
"Residential nightlife is nice"
Broome Street is a mix of quiet residential living and a more active night life. Broome St. Bar offers a nice place to walk in and relax after a long day. It's not snooty or overly expensive it's just a nice place that has a true neighborhood feel. Broome Street is now famous as the "place where Heath Ledger died.." but Broome has so much personality and potential that that connection shouldn't be anyone's only connection to the street.
"A bit of both worlds."
Norfolk is a great location to call home. There is literally nothing but residential homes on the block, but it's near Grand and Broome Street, two intersections that pack a lot of punch. You can get the party going on on of the major cross streets then simply walk home to the quiet of your own personal oasis. Norfolk and it's surrounding area is my ideal Manhattan a mix of calm and crazy.
"What a journey"
If a journey and a half home is your idea of a great commute than by all means cal Suffolk Street home, but overall it's your average residential street with a spinkling of small businesses to keep residents happy and there is nothing that really jumps out and attracts attention. What does attract attention is the journey it takes to get to Suffolk Street. Marred by the curse of the East side subways are few and far between making it difficult to get where you want to go or get home from where you've been.
"Decent location to call home."
Columbia Street is a quiet retreat from the noise of the rest of the city. It's mostly residential and offers views of East River Park and Downing Park depending on where on the street you are. It' snot the be all and end all of anything and tourists will be bored out of their skulls but it isn't a horrible place to settle down and call home.
"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
"Perfect place to call home"
Bond Street has a truly eclectic feel to it. Bond, unlike Streets surrounding it, has been left to be what it is, and that's nice. Bond St. Sushi offers up amazing fresh sushi dishes to rival those you can get in Japan. Along the strip new buildings are bringing interesting and unique architectural elements into the area. There are a number of different cafes and eateries to satisfy the pallet of just about anyone. Overall it's a beautiful place to visit and an even nicer place to call home.
"Food, Fun and Personality"
Bleeker Street offers a mix of clubs and lounges for nightlife including Bitter End and a number of others. During the day it's home to great restaurants and shopping. John's offers a slice that rivals the best in the city and Murray's is a store that will send cheese lovers into fits of excitement. The street is one of the most "alive" ones in the city at all hours of the day and night.
"Vibrant and unique"
Big buildings with great food and amazing little gems is pretty much Grand Street. Large and open it offers a really bright and vibrant feel. There are Bakeries along the road that are more than worth a visit and a dip into the old pocket. Overall grand street embodies a unique vibrant attitude that only New York can pull off.
"Still missing something after 2001"
New York Stock Exchange stands as a reminder of what Wall Street was before 2001. While some businesses have up and moved from the area Wall Street is still a place rich in history worth a visit for those looking for some financial atmosphere. Business suits and stock brokers are still the main demographic in the area and that likely will never change but higher security has pulled some of the lively atmosphere from the area leaving it only a ghost of what it once was.
"Financial and business oriented"
Water street receives a rush of people during the working hours as it is home to many financial businesses, but it quiets as night falls. Many of the eateries in the area cater to the young financial crowd offering power lunches and the like. It's worth a stop and is an interesting place for tourists who are interested in the goings on of the financial world. There is a solid after-work crowd that stays in the area for some relaxing nightlife but overall it's business oriented.
"Nice residential area"
Henry Street is a great residential block that offers some solace from the streets around it. With interesting architecture and beautiful buildings it is a great place to call home. It's close to East Broadway for good food and intersects with Pike Street for entertainment and all around fn. Overallit's a great place to call home but not really a place for tourists.
"Food, not theatre, reigns supreme"
East Broadway has a great dining atmosphere, both high-end and lower end food. Broadway East offer a comfortable dining experience with great local wines. 88 Palace Restaurant is a great place to stop in as well for some tasty Chinese fare. Located all but under the bridge it's an amazingly strange atmosphere to be in.
"Unbelievably fun atmosphere"
Houston is paradise for anyone looking for the true fast-paced New York. Whole Foods by Bowery offers residents a great shopping experience and there are many great restaurants, cafes and delis for people looking for a good bite to eat. Katz's Deli is world famous and serves thousands of massive sandwiches everyday. If you are looking for quality AND quantity in a sandwich this is the place to stop. The nightlife is rich as well, which keeps the neighborhood alive and well at all times.
"Nightlife and Architecture combined"
Rivington Street has such an amazing vibe to it that no one should miss it. The architecture is something to be marveled at and The Hotel On Rivington is a true architectural amazement. The street has a very rich nightlife with lounges, cafes and restaurants servicing patrons well into the morning hours. It's an unbelievable atmosphere. If noise is no problem than living on the street is a great idea but if you enjoy quiet after a long day it might not be the right place.
"Too inconvenient to be worth it."
Avenue D has become a mix of a little bit of everything the Dry Dock Park and Pool offer recreational convenience and there is a rich tradition. Public Housing is common in the area which has kept some potential residents away from the area but it's a rather quiet and reserved area. The public transportation system in the area is rather lax making commuting a serious issue. It is serviced by the m14 bus, but that's about it.
"A Unique Spot to Stop"
Avenue B is marginally more appealing than Avenue A but it's still not my favorite place. Avenue B is quickly becoming a Mecca for yet-undiscovered talents and a few good cafes and restaurants have found their way into the area. If underground performance is your bag than this might just be the right place to visit. What is pretty unique about the area is the street performers that can be found occassionally.
"A seedy attempt at hipster"
Seedy dive bars and so so restaurants are the name of the game on Avenue A. While some are drawn to the area for it's punkish rock roots there isn't much going on worth visiting. Some establishments have come in that have tried to turn the area into a hipster haven but other neighborhoods have invented and perfected that vibe long ago. It's a nice place to see, but the only real attraction is Tompkins Square Park and even that is simply mediocre in my opinion.
"More downhome than touristy"
While Canal Street and Mullberry Street garner the attention of tourists Mott Street has the heart of locals in it's hand. Mott offers great authentic Chinese food at great prices. North of Broome things become a bit trendier with higher class cafes and stores lining the street. Lombardi's Pizzeria is located on Mott and is famous for it's pizza.
"Paradise for a foodie!"
Once a haven for the Italian community Mulberry Street has branched out to offer food for all palates. Authentic Australian food can be found at Eight Mile Creek and a great slice of pizza is never more than a store away. Mullberry Street is basically a foodie's true paradise. Aside from the food the entire atmosphere is just warm and inviting.
"Gritty underbelly of counterfieting"
Canal Street is known for a lot of things and while some are good others are less savory. The underbelly of the counterfeit apparel market is found on Canal Street with fake designer bags being the top seller, although sneakers, cell phones and bootleg movies are not far behind. While there are good deals, great food and a rich atmosphere to Canal Street it can feel gritty and unsavory at moments. Shop keepers are rather pushy as well so you simply must know how to handle them to get out without buying something.
"Wonderfully vibrant and alive"
6th Avenue is one of those streets that just feels alive at anytime of the day or night. In midtown there are eateries, hotels and great shops to stop in but the real vibe of New York can be felt by the street vendors. Great food can be found from carts on street corners, Top notch gyros and gyro platters are easy to come buy and a real soft pretzel is never more than a block away. Further downtown it gives way to great coffeehouses that send fragrant aromas through the air. Sometimes New York can be captured by a smell and that smell can be found on 6th avenue.
"Convenient, Cultural and Crowded"
There is something very magical about the lights of Broadway. Visitors who are looking to grab a great show will find their way here inevitably and the entire area caters to the theater crowd making the atmosphere both warm and rich. It does get crowded and I wouldn't drag the wee ones on an exbition to the area, but I do love it! The 1,2,3 all stop at 42nd and Broadway. the Q,R,S and W subways all have a stop on Broadway.
"Gorgeous but inconvenient."
York Avenue has nothing for tourists to see or do but it's a nice residential area of the city and it caters well to it's residents. It is quiet and picturesque but it is inconvenient for commuters. When the subway was planned it seems as though they forgot the area existed and thus it's a rather long hike to the nearest subway. In the bitter cold of winter residents will likely curse their very existence. But if you consider yourself a snow bunny than by all means, trek away.
"It lives up to it's name."
Pleasent Avenue is one of those streets in NY that people seem to forget exists, however it's a business oriented area that caters to residents extremely well. The stores are well stocked, the cafe's clean and casual and the service industry alive and well. Overall Pleasant Avenue is a great place for residents but visitors will find nothing of note in the area.
- Families with kids
"Perfect for families."
Morningside Drive runs along Morningside Park giving residents a nice natural oasis. While it has been overrun by much of Columbia around the low 100's it's still a nice, quiet and peaceful area. Subway service might not be super easy to come by but it's still a worth location for people looking for a great street with a more homey feel. It's a great place to raise a family while still living in Manhattan.
- Families with kids
"A little bit of everything."
Getting off the Henry Hudson Parkway onto Riverside Drive is a real treat. The mostly residential area offers a feel of suburbia in a bustling city. It's convenient to the subway and offers stunning views of Riverside Park. Along the wide and curving road delis, cafes and service businesses allow convenience to residents. The park is a haven for fitness buffs who enjoy a good run.
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"Making moves further north."
Lexington Avenue offers great shopping and great convenience for people who can afford it. Closer to Harlem residential buildings become more affordable and the area is going through a revitalization with new stores moving in all the time. It's a great street to settle on further north,but further south and towards midtown it's an amazing place to visit. Couture and posh restaurants are common place and visitors can always find something of interest.
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"High End Designer Paradise"
Dolce, Dolce, Dolce! High end designers are in no short supply on Madison Avenue and even if you can't afford to shop at the high end stores it's always nice to take a peek at what you are missing. Dolce and Gabbana, Christian Dior and Armani all have stores on Madison Avenue and if anything it's fun to watch people shop away as yo walk by. The entire Avenue has a rich cultural vibe to it that should not be missed.
"Definition of New York City"
5th Avenue is what makes New York what it is. Along the Avenue, which runs through most of the city, resident and visitors alike can find something to do. The Met is perhaps one of the most beautifully designed Museums in the entire city. After a nice day in the museum a stop in central park for a cold soda and some relaxation is always a great option. Visit in the spring for a truly vibrant and amazing atmosphere.
"all business midtown, all high class uptown"
Park Avenue is one of the nicest streets to walk. If you head from the mid-30's up through the mid-50's office buildings and suited business men and women are common place, but further uptown it gives way to the high society vibe that Park Avenue is known for. Park Avenue Winter is a restaurant that transforms itself with the seasons to present new decor and menus as the colors, sights and sounds change. The Clarion Hotel and several other nice offerings line the streets and there is no shortage of great and interesting places to stop.
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