6.2 out of 10

Watts St, SoHo

Ranked 12th best street in SoHo
40.7236470973201 -74.0050388435224
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Feb 16, 2012

"Not as horrible as the name makes it sound . . but, not great either."

There are some cool buildings on Watts but it's not a happening street. There's one bar I love but the rest of the street is kind of boring. There's a mix of apartment buildings and commercial spaces but almost nothing in the way of bars, restaurants and entertainment. There's not a lot of green and though there isn't nearly as much traffic on Watts as other streets in Soho, there's not much of a neighborhood feel.
The corner of Watts and Varick fell victim to a pretty common New York tragedy in 2007: a rowhouse from 1820 was torn down and there is still nothing there but a vacant lot. It's always nice when a beautiful, historic landmark is leveled to make room for a vacant lot. The building next door to the lot put a silhouette of the former rowhouse on the side of it (well, the building didn't do it so much as the building owner did) and I think that was a nice tribute. There's a medium sized hotel on the same side of the block that looks decent but I don't know anyone that has stayed there.
Across 6th Avenue, there are a couple of commercial buildings and Lupe's East LA Kitchen. I've never eaten here. . . there's something I don't trust about a New York establishment pretending to have Los Angeles Mexican food. Being from Los Angeles I can vouch that there aren't that many great Mexican restaurants in LA, so a New York knockoff of something that's already mediocre sounds like a bad idea. But, Ken's on Watts and West Broadway, conversely, is a great idea. It's a tavern and burger place inside a Federal rowhouse from 1825. It is really lovely inside and out and the vibe is awesome. It's a very neighborhood kind of joint.
Watts ends at Broome and it goes out with a bang. The corner houses a cast-iron building from 1876. It used to be a pepper factory and now it's an apartment building that was restored in 2007. It looks amazing and it showcases how renovation of cool, old buildings is always more profitable than leveling.
Pros
  • Not as crowded as other Soho streets
Cons
  • No bar or restaurant scene
  • No neighborhood vibe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
4/5
Jan 28, 2009

"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.
4/5
Jan 13, 2009

"Too bad the tunnel is located within shouting distance."

Watts Street would be a great spot to raise a small family, but the traffic from the Holland Tunnel makes it 100% intolerable. During rush hour the traffic backs up all along the street for blocks and the noise it produces is horrendous. There are a few food stops in the area, but most are hit or miss. Lola either gets rave reviews or is hated by people who dare enter. It could be a homey place, but all in all the Holland Tunnel kills it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
Jul 05, 2008

"Watts Street Has Nice Trees"

Watts Street, not much going on. It's a good place to raise a family and there a lot of housing available here. I enjoyed the tree lined block and all of its homey delights, though for those of you who need more entertainment this isn't the street for you. I would suggest something a little more poppin' though lots of things go on nearby.

Watts Street is also a wonderful place to begin your journey into the Village. It is close to the following metros: C,E at Spring Street and the 1 at Canal. It is also accessible by many buses. Foot traffic is fairly heavy and I would recommend the street to just about anyone!

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