5.6 out of 10

West 18 St, Chelsea

Ranked 14th best street in Chelsea
40.7420463713224 -74.000211705295
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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

"A lot packed into a few blocks"

18th starts off at the Hudson with the massive Chelsea Piers. It used to be a major port but then was revamped in the 80's to be a sort of fun complex / commercial space. The Law and Order Casting office is here along with some other businesses. But, the majority of the complex is dedicated to rock climbing, golf, batting, trapeze and a kids gym. It's a weird spot but if you're into outdoor kinds of fun in the city, this is the spot. The next block down is the Highline, so this is a really outdoorsy few blocks which is very rare in Manhattan.
Once you get around 8th, there's a mix of apartment buildings, restaurants and retail like Barney's Co-op (a favorite amongst my friends). But, once you cross 7th, the street is crazy commercial. The block between 7th and 6th is filled with cute, little restaurants, a few consignment shops, a weird poster shop, you name it. It still manages a bit of a neighborhood feel too so it's a great block to live on. There's a lot of bustle, but it's not overly packed with people / tourists. There are some great old buildings too.
While there's not a lot that's a must see spot in New York on 18th, there is a lot to do. It's a pretty cool street that packs a lot of activity into a few blocks. If I were going to live on 18th, I'd want to live somewhere around 8th as it gets a little busier around 6th-7th, but overall, it's a fun street.
  • Lots of outdoor activities
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Street features places to spend lots of money"

There are plenty of businesses for the shopper/eater to explore on this street. There’s a Venezuelan restaurant by the name of El cocotero that is worth a look; there they offer coffee, tea, lunch, soups, and desserts, and it is very inexpensive. There is also an appropriately named Just Calm Down Spa, for those looking to forget the craziness of the city for a few hours.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"Mostly Residential, But Highly Convenient!"

West 18th street is one of those iconic New York City streets that people always describe when they talk about living in the center of the universe. Branching off from Union Square and stretching all the way to Riverside Drive, West 18th street pretty much has anything you would need if you were to live in the area. It boasts a great big Bed Bath and Beyond and TJMAXX building complex which could pretty much meet most of your home or clothing needs in one go, furthermore, there are a couple of 24 hour Duane Reades across the stretch, which is great for any assortment of needs at any time of the day or night.

Transportation-wise, W18th street is within easy access of the N,Q,R,W line both on 14th street and 23rd street, along with the 1,2,3, A,C,E, L, and 4,5,6 lines. Essentially, living here, you could go anywhere else in New York. Its proximity to midtown and downtown makes it an ideal start off location, especially since it has many cute drinkeries and eateries scattered about.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

"West 18th Street"

This is a good street, but is mainly residential. One my favorite summer passtimes is watching kids play. I wondered how many furture NBA stars were there. There were some girls playing jump rope and hopscotch, and they let me play! I love summer in this city, it's seems like everyone is on vacation!

Bethune Street is close to the following metro stations: 6 at Spring Street, F, J, M, Z at Essex St- Delancey St, and the J, M, Z at Bowery. It is also accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!

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