6.1 out of 10

West 34th St, Garment District

Ranked 4th best street in Garment District
40.751225972516 -73.9911802753176
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Aug 04, 2012

"Lots of shopping"

There used to be quite a bit of mansion happening in this stretch of 34th. And, now there's just quite a bit of commercial space and quite a bit of tourists. The whole block running from 5th to Broadway was once taken up by big mansions built for the likes of the Waldorfs and Astors. The original Waldorf Astoria Hotel was built on the site of the two families mansions and then moved uptown to make room room for the current building: the Empire State Building. The Empire State is probably the most recognizable and popular landmark in New York City. It was the tallest building in the world until the '70's and is still, currently, in 3rd place. Needless to say, there are tourists crawling around this intersection and block all day long every single day. And, just to add to the crowds, there's all kinds of shopping on the other side of the street. Nine West, Banana Republic, Solstice, H and M, etc can be found on this block so it's pretty much always a madhouse around these parts. The Victoria's Secret building on the corner at Broadway used to be an 11 story department store that originated the price tag and money back guarantee. I think that's kind of cool. I also can't imagine having to shop without price tags.
Across Broadway, you run into Herald Square which is a big sitting area / no car zone. It's mostly tourists sitting at the tables and benches, presumably resting from shopping and touring, but it's a pretty cool looking little area especially at Christmas. Unfortunately, it's also very loud and crowded around here pretty much all the time.
Once you cross Herald Square, you run into another big shopping stretch with the original Macy's paving the way. This massive store (the biggest in the world) takes up the entire north of the block. It was built in 1902 and is credited with inventing the baked potato, the tea bag, the store Santa and the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I don't like Macy's, in general, but I love this store. It's old and beautiful and there hasn't been a ton of work done to it so the escalators are still very antiquated. It's just really pretty and looks, in many ways, like what you would imagine a department store to look like 100 years ago. Across the street, you will find Old Navy, Sephora, etc. One of the buildings in the middle of the block (116) used to be a hotel that was famous for the "recluse of Herald Square," a socialite who checked into the hotel in 1907 and didn't check out until 1931. She had quite a lot of money stashed away in these rooms which they found after her death. Really weird / man, I love New York.
The block across 7th is a mix of older buildings that house actual little garment stores that gave the neighborhood its name and massive commercial skyscrapers. It's a weird block with no aesthetic and no energy because of that, I think. It's just very commercial and offers nothing to see. I wouldn't want to live on 34th, in general, but especially not on this block. It's really a street you go to for shopping and sightseeing. It's way too crowded and loud to live on. And, there are no local bars or restaurants so the neighborhood vibe is abysmal.
Pros
  • The original Macys
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Crowded and loud during the day
  • No neighborhood feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5
Jan 05, 2010

"fast-paced shopping"

I love this place. The shopping extends from 5th avenue until 8th avenue, and boasts both cheaper stores as well as more expensive ones, from Conway, Strawberry, Forever 21 and H&M, the in-between like Victoria's Secret, Nine West and Aldo, and a bit more expensive at Bebe and Zara. There's a big movie theater between 8th and 9th avenues. It tends to be crowded like most shopping areas in Manhattan and the downside is that there are few places to sit. Eatery is not high-end either but it serves its purpose.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 13, 2009

"Shop till you drop"

Before I relocated to New York City, I used visit the Big Apple annually as a tourist on shopping expeditions. My preferred locale for all my shopping used to be the retail corridor along 34th street. This retail corridor which continues to be popular with tourists until today extends all the way along 34th street from Fifth Avenue until Eighth Avenue and has within its environs outlets of almost all the major brands in the USA like Banana Republic, the Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, Forever 21, H&M, Foot Locker, Payless and Victoria’s Secret. However the star attraction of this retail corridor is of course the gargantuan, flagship store of the Macy’s chain of department stores which stands tall on Herald Square located on the intersection of Broadway and the Avenue of the Americas.
Macys which extends over two buildings and has several diverse departments which are filled to the brim with inventory is a favorite with international tourists as it offers them a Visitor’s card which entitles them to an 11% discount on a wide array of merchandise. This Visitor’s card can be acquired from the Macy’s Visitor’s center located on the 1 and a half floor within the store. Aside from these main retail outlets, the 34th Street retail corridor is also home to several discount retailers like Daffy’s , K mart and Conway and a whole host of souvenir stores so it’s a extremely convenient spot for a shopaholic tourist who needs to buy gifts for friends and family back home. Moreover this area is also well connected to the rest of the city as it hosts the B, D,F, V, N,R, W, Q trains at the 34th Street station at Herald Square, the 1,2,3, trains at the station on 7th avenue and the A,C,E trains at the Penn Station subway station which is located at 34th Street and Eight Avenue.
However the only significant drawback of this area is that it is perennially crowded and busy and it lacks decent eating places populated as it is with outlets of prominent fast food chains
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
Feb 13, 2009

"An architectural delight"

Manhattan has more than enough attractions to make it worth seeing but something a little bit out of the ordinary can be found on West 34th Street. The Hammerstein Ballroom has been the location for many great gigs and even wrestling bouts which makes it a fantastic source of history about popular culture. The architecture of the venue, with its sweeping elegance gives another great reason to check it out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
2/5
Feb 01, 2009

"Just for shopping"

W 34th St extends between the Hudson River and 5 Av. This noisy and busy street offers everything a professional shopper needs. Here are Macy's and other famous brand shops.
It is not a good idea to live here: It is too a noisy and crowded street and you will not find any food besides the one served in the major chain shops.
2/5
Dec 21, 2008

"Tourists, Tourists, Everywhere"

34th street is famous for it's role in the film "Miracle on 34th street" but it's far from a miracle in my mind. 34th street is loud, obnoxious and incredibly crowded. Macy's, Penn Station and the Empire State Building, which are all within walking distance of one another, create a triple threat that just seems to breed chaos. The amount of people in the area at any given time pretty much sucks the enjoyability out of the area. As a city dweller myself I don't mind crowds, but this is even too much for me.
3/5
Sep 26, 2008

"The Transportation Hub"

What more can be said about West 34th street besides the fact that you can probably go anywhere in the US from here. Surely, the main attraction on this street is Madison Sq. Garden and Penn station which act as a double threat of crowds, noise, and of course access to anywhere. West 34th street is generally very crowded as there are also quite a number of stores in the area, including, of course, Macy's. It is very lively, and one can spend an entire afternoon just on the block between 8th and 6th avenues. It is, consequently, very crowded, and living around this area is noisy pretty much at any hour of the day. If access to the West side subway lines is a top priority, then this is the area for you. If not, going a bit further west or south into Chelsea might be a bit more advisable.
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5
Aug 29, 2008

"Ugh, another tourist trap."

NOTICE: locals do not shop at Herald Square! They just don't. The place is full of tourists and really sketchy characters that have no shame when it comes to hitting on you. The Macy's here is unorganized and pretty decrepit on the upper floors. There is a decent Borders towards 6th Ave., but that's about it. And the GAP here gets first pick of the Designer collections, which is the ONLY reason I venture here. I know they're trying to "upgrade" the Manhattan Mall but I am DEEPLY skeptical.
5/5
Jun 20, 2008

""Hustle and Bustle of New York""

34th street in Mahattan is probably one of the most famous strips in the world. There is many activities available for the tourist or any New Yorker.

It includes the huge Herald Square Macys, which if you are going into for the first time you may need a map. Seriously, the place is crowded all the time and it has I don't know how many exits and entrances and sides to the building.

There is also the Manhattan Mall close by that just got a JC Penneys. Other stores on the famous 34th street include two H&Ms( one at 7th ave and one at 6th), Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, Dr. Jays, Daffy's, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Express, The Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, and Footlocker. There are many others that I did not mention.

It is also near the most famous arena in the world Madison Square Garden, and the 8th avenue train line shares it's station with Penn Station.

Expect the best when you come to 34th street It will be an experience like no other.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Jun 06, 2008

"Miracle On 34th Street"

If there is one street that defines the New York experience, it's west 34th street in midtown Manhattan. Filled with shopping, restaurants, and a picturesque view of the Empire state building, it is great place to get into the New York State mind. Enjoy a world famous Nathan’s hotdog a block away or make a visit to Macy’s Herald, the world’s largest department store. For a native New Yorker and for all Americans alike, this street is the essence of New York. There are always thousands of people out shopping and enjoying the city, converging on this famous block for any of its various delights.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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