4.0 out of 10

West 31 St, Garment District

Ranked 7th best street in Garment District
40.7473225720786 -73.9878064349567
Great for
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists


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

"Gloomy block that could have been"

West 31st starts off in the Garment District at 6th Ave to the west. And, it's not the best start. There are a couple of cool, old buildings but the block has sort of a gloomy energy to it. There are some whole sale vendors and a couple of take out spots but nothing really noteworthy happening. There's no energy to it at all.
The block at Broadway is a mix of wholesale spots and old hotels but it's still pretty depressing. The old hotels used to be quite grand so I'm sure this block used to be a force to be reckoned with. Now, it kind of reminds me of an urban Tijuana. The apartment building on the corner used to be the Grand Hotel which really was grand. It has a Parisian architecture that is in a sad state of disrepair which is too bad. There's also the Herald Hotel and the Hotel Wolcott on this block. The Hotel Wolcott used to count Buddy Holly and Edith Wharton as its guests. Now, I think it counts tourists on a strict budget as guests because it too has fallen victim to a sort of gloomy and dingey neighborhood. This run of 31st used to be the talk of the town and now it's just a spot to go if you need a rug or a lap dance (there's a "dungeon" on the north east corner at 5th).
  • Cool, old buildings
  • Fallen into disrepair
  • No neighborhood vibe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

"Convenient, But Loud and Dirty"

This street is great if you need to take a train somewhere, or if you need to go to the post office. West 31st street is the southern border of Penn Station, and so has very easy access to the LIRR, New Jersey Transit, Regional and far travelling trains. This also means that there are always people around, and especially police officers. In front of Penn Station on this street is New York’s Central Post Office, which always has people sitting on the steps, even if they don’t need the services inside.

The downside to this street is that due to the heavy foot and cab traffic, it is not exactly clean, and during rush hour you usually have to also fight your way across the street vendors and their stands. This street really embodies the hustle and bustle of the city but does not take into consideration any sort of quiet for residents. This is a good area to live in the sense of convenient travel, but it is loud! Aside from just the noise of the crowds, there is a higher concentration of sirens, and all out brawls that waft up to the even the highest windows here.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"West 31st Street"

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and I wanted barbecue. I was found when I went to Brother Jimmy's Barbecue. How delicious. I had one of the best burgers ever, and my friends shared a delicious platter of ribs. You can also order a 64 ounce margarita-like beverage for $20, so you can get filled and a little tipsy, if you so please. If you like the Knicks or Celine Dion, Madison Square Garden is directly across the street, and you can find anything you want in nearby Herald Square. In terms of living, this really isn't the place... lots of business space is currently available though.

Also, if you need a cheap way to get to DC, or even Florida, you can take the bus on this street!

West 31st Street is close to the following metro stations: A, C, E, L at 34th Street, Penn Station, 1,2,3 at 28th Street, an the B,D,F,N, J, R, N, W at 34th Street & Herald Square, 6 at 28th. It is also accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is heavy, and it is a good neighborhood for all people!

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