3.1 out of 10

West 38th St, Garment District

Ranked 9th best street in Garment District
40.7537808626123 -73.9894204874224
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles


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

"Weird stores"

38th starts its run through the Garment District at 5th Avenue and it's a very commercial looking block. It's not bleak in appearance like a lot of other blocks in this neighborhood, but it's not exactly a block that you look at and think, "I'd really like to live there." Lord and Taylor is right on the north corner at 5th and it used to be a very impressive department store back in the 19th century that now is only known for impressive Holiday window displays. I do, however, think it's impressive that the store has been around for this long. Good for them. I've never been in there, but still, good for them. The rest of the block is taken up by a monster luxury apartment building and a little hotel with not so much luxury -- the rooms all have shared bathrooms.
The block at 6th is taken up by shops that make Lord and Taylor still seem luxurious. These stores are the reason I don't like this neighborhood. This block has cheap clothing stores and trinket shops . . there's even a store entirely dedicated to beads. I think it makes the street ugly and gives it a weird energy. I don't like it so I don't hang around here much.
The block at Broadway doesn't have much to it either but it does have a Crunch gym directly across the street from a Delicatessen and a Bakery which I find really funny. I would hate to work out at the gym and would probably be fat if I did. That smell has got to kill all the people walking in to go run for 30 minutes. It's like water torture but, ya know, food.
There's just nothing to this block in the way of exciting things to do or nice things to look at. It has no neighborhood feel to it at all. This area, in general, is like that, but this street is particularly offensive in my opinion. And, it's swarming with people and cars during the day and absolutely dead at night so you just can't win. I wouldn't live here.
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many people at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Check Out The New Apartments on W. 38th Street"

Just in case anyone has noticed, there is construction going on on W. 38th St. right around the Hudson Yards.

HFA has approved up to $315 million in taxable and tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of the area at 320 West 38th St. When construction is completed, the building will consist of 569 rental apartments, commercial space, and recreational facilities.

About 21% of the building will be devoted to low income families and individuals.

Right now, there is a lot of construction going on so the place is dirty, but when it is done, the place will look like a garden paradise compared to surrounding neighborhoods.

Also, you will find Bernie's Valet Shop and Irvin Arthur Associates at this location.
  • Plenty of stores
  • Mixed bag
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many people at times
  • Construction makes it look bad
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 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"W 38th St - Bootstrappers digs"

I lived on W 38th St for a year in 2005. I mainly lived there to be close to Penn Station, for my work commute to NJ. Boy, was that a bad idea!

Let me start with the general feel of the area. Bang in the middle of the garment district, and between Penn Station and Port Authority, it attracted the lowest-brow of crowds. Right around the corner on 38th street are a couple of sketchy "DVD" stores. Builings around mine (between 8th and 9th Aves) were pretty commercial, with a parking lot, a pharmacy back-office and a retail storage place.

Additionally, not too far was The New Yorker, MSG, Roseland Ballroom and Conway. These establishments serve basic purposes, but attract an attractive crowd they do not! It was safe thanks to the patroling cop cars and the precinct a few streets away.

The few pluses it had: it was well connected and you were never too far from any place in NYC, thanks to Times Sq and Penn Station in near proximity. Also, there is a grays papaya rip-off on the corner of 38th and 8th, which is actually good for the quick snack on the run or at odd hours. 9th and 38th has a good Pakistani place for the quick samosa and spicy tea. The street was quiet despite being in a non-residential area. Also, the food and my rent too was pretty cheap. I paid $1450 for a good sized 1 bedroom, 4th floor walk-up.

Overall, if you're on a budget, single, just need a place to crash and need to be close to the subway, this is the place for you. Otherwise, pass it like a hot potato.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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