3.3 out of 10

Greenwich St, Financial District

40.7054835003639 -74.0146605029215
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists


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

"Loud and crowded . . but cool buildings."

Greenwich Street is an avenue (not to be confused with Greenwich Ave which is a street) that starts off as 9th Avenue: this is one long street. It runs through almost the entirety of Manhattan and enters into the Financial District at the WTC. There's a lot of construction space for the first part of Greenwich's run in the neighborhood because of the rebuilding of the WTC. There is the WTC park that has been open for a few years. But, it's hard to enjoy the park because there is just so much noise from the construction, tourists, cars, etc. It's one of the least enjoyable parks in the city right now because of that. But, it won't be that way for too much longer.
Once you cross Liberty, you're slowly starting to get out of the construction zone but it's still really loud and too crowded to have much of an atmosphere. There are a couple of bars and little eateries on this block but I've never been to them because this part of town is just to out of the way and hard for me to deal with. There's a lot of ghosts on top of ghosts on this street. Edgar Allen Poe lived in a boarding house that became a building that was demolished due to 9/11 and will now be WTC 5. But, that's New York for you . . it's kind of like Pompeii.
Things don't start really cooking until you get around Carlisle on this street. There's a long running topless bar that's now a hipster hangout called the Pussycat, an Italian restaurant, a Cuban place, a cafe . . . this particular block has more going on than entire streets in this neighborhood. The lounge is actually in a rowhouse and I think that's really cool. There are a few rowhouses left on this street and they are some of the oldest in Manhattan. It's crazy too because they are mixed in with massive luxury buildings and skyscrapers. It's a really interesting area for gaging New York's evolution.
The block around Morris has great 19th century buildings that housed all of the major ship builders. The people who built the Titanic and the Queen Mary were housed on this block. Those buildings now hold a bank and a post office . . .but, at least they're still there.
I would not want to live on Greenwich even if I had to live in the Fidi. There's not a lot going on in this neighborhood, in general, and it's just too busy. The buildings are cool but there's no energy here. And, the noise. . . dear god, the noise.
  • Great architecture mix
  • Loud
  • Crowded
  • No bar or restaurant scene
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

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