6.8 out of 10

West 53 St, Midtown

Ranked 7th best street in Midtown
40.7635197896058 -73.9831888574784
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Tourists
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"The MOMA and pricey restaurants"

There's a church at 9th and 53rd that was built in the 1830's specifically for the Catholic Black Congregation. It was moved from downtown at some point but it's crazy to think that we used used to do things like that. Just up at Broadway was the former site of the Marshall Club-- a place where black performers, artists and writers hung out in the 1900's. It's so interesting to me that the neighborhood has now turned into part stuffy uptown / part theatre tourist enclave. Being the tourist trap that this part of town is, West 53rd is almost entirely hotels. But, there aren't any of the high end or noteworthy hotels on this street. What is noteworthy, however, is the MOMA -- which is at 53rd between 5th and 6th. To be totally honest, this is my least favorite museum in the city. I'm not a huge fan of modern art and the architecture that goes along with it. But, the museum has Van Gogh, Dali and Picasso so it was nice to be able to have seen them. The cool thing about the MOMA, in my opinion, is the gift shop. And, as far as really pretentious restaurants go, the Modern is the best one. The food is still inventive but isn't scary and the ambience is as static as other restaurants of this caliber. Across the street is an equally pretentious place, The Grand Havana Club. It is a private cigar club that is basically all Republican Men smoking expensive cigars inside. It is a really wild sight to see. I don't know if being in that place was horrifying or entertaining but I'm glad I did it. There's a lot to do on West 53rd if you have the money. It's boring as hell as far as nightlife and regular dining go. But, if you have money to blow on a day, then this is a good place to start.
Pros
  • People watching
  • Bustling energy
  • Great theatre scene
  • Museums
Cons
  • Noisy and busy
  • Overpriced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"The heart of midtown"

Tourist trap or the city's essence? Thriving midtown Manhattan, especially around the Theatre District, embodies New York both at its worst and at its best. On the one hand, the area is loud and noisy, often so crowded with tourists that the characteristic New York speed-walk becomes impossible. On the other hand,there's something quintessentially "New York" about the hustle and bustle of the area, including its innumerable sights and attractions. West 53rd Street is home to MoMa - New York's avant-garde modern art museum, as well as to the taping of several popular late-night talk shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, for which tourists may want to queue up for a ticket. This isn't really a livable area - most of the buildings are shops and office buildings, and restaurants cater to a business-lunch crowd more than to couples of families, but it's one of the most worthwhile destinations for tourists and New Yorkers looking for a "cultural" day out alike. In the evening, head to one of midtown's numerous theatres - recent "hit" shows include The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino as Shylock, and the revival of A Little Night Music, currently starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch.
Pros
  • Great theatre scene
  • Museums
  • Bustling energy
Cons
  • Noisy and busy
  • Overpriced
  • Not livable
Recommended for
  • Tourists

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