3.5 out of 10

West 135 St, Harlem

Ranked 10th best street in Harlem
40.815526337003 -73.9442210283384
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees



"I wouldn't recommend it to visitors or people looking to move in."

135th Street is a street littered with problems. While much of Harlem has been revitalized this street has been missed and it's been left with a run down feel uncommon with the cities lower numbered streets. Because of it's proximity it's not very convenient for those working in Midtown or Downtown. It intersects with St. Nicholas Park but it is not an area you would want to walk around alone. It is reminiscent of NYC prior to the war on crime. There are some convenience in the area; mostly convenience stores, delis and small businesses, but that can't redeem the area and it's chaotic and strange vibe.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

"Eastside Heights Delights"

Nearby City College, this block is lined with wonderful architecture, trees, and a distinct history. There is a little bit of everything, convenience stores, hair salons, small shopping boutiques, and less expensive real estate. More and more people are beginning to head further north in Manhattan to find a cheaper place to live and this is a wonderful street to do it on. There is a large hill, and at the top a wonderful park overlooking the rest of Eastside Heights. It provides an interesting look at the difference between more gentrified New York and the grittier New York, which many believe to be the “Real” New York City.

(W 135th Street, & St. Nicholas)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"West 135th - not the best place to be"

West 135th street in between Amsterdam and Convent is a mess. While due to the fact that streets don't follow a grid always this far up in NYC, the distance between these two avenues is about 10 cars long, the road itself is a mess. There is parking on both sides of the street and the road is very narrow. This coupled with the fact that the road is FULL of potholes, makes cars have trouble driving down the road in both directions at the same time. The other side of West 135th St (from Amsterdam to Riverside) is very easy to drive down. It has two lanes in either direction and is a direct route to Riverside. However, this is not the street to walk down. It is a well known drug dealers haven and it is not a good idea to walk down it. Especially between Broadway and Riverside. At the corner of 135th and Broadway, there is a large apartment complex that is in the process of becoming gentrified, but it still has a long way to go. Overall, it is best to avoid this street by foot, but by car - it is good for those who are looking for an easy way to get to Riverside and avoid the more congested & narrow side streets.

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