"Good for shopping - annoying to drive down"
What can one say about 125th street!! Before I moved up here, I had no idea. There is every kind of store & more banks than you can think of their names. Between Broadway and Lennox, there are Citibank, Commerce, North Fork, Wamu, Chase, Bank of America, and two other banks right at Broadway. At St. Nicholas & 125th, there is a Danice clothing store, Old Navy & two smaller stores right next to Old Navy. Near Adam Clayton Blvd. there is an H&M and a Lane Bryant. The post office at Morningside and 125th is pretty decent, but like all post offices - it is understaffed & what staff exists aren't that friendly. The food on 125th street is mostly fast-food except for there's a Manna's at Lennox and also down by North General Hospital (Madison Ave.). Manna's is one of those carribbean restaurants where you can pick what you want from buffet-style warming trays. Though you do pay for your food by weight. The diner at Morningside & 125th should be avoided. In the past year it has been closed by the health department 3 times. This I know, because I've seen the sign right on the front door. Traffic on 125th is insane. It is best to walk - the buses are slow too. I would never drive down it, except for when the stores are closed, any time after 9:30pm. Overall, the street is very safe and I've not seen anything bad going on there. Though, I don't walk down the street late at night. Also, there are a ton of street vendors on 125th - selling everything from African spices/incense to spanish icees.