3.5 out of 10

West 30 St, Chelsea

Ranked 21st best street in Chelsea
40.7505211461858 -73.9972479918178
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists


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

"The West side is ok, but . . ."

West 30th starts off with a lot of abandoned stuff. There's an abandoned building right at 12th that is supposed to be torn down to build the new Jets Stadium and the not yet constructed part of the Highline. I actually hope they leave this part of the Highline alone because I like the overgrown sort of abandoned rail station look to it. It adds some flavor and history to the neighborhood. It's not really a livable sort of block, however, because of all of the vacant spaces and the fact that the Lincoln Tunnel is just at 10th.
The block between 8th and 9th has mostly old, pretty buildings from the early 20th century. They're all lovely and I like this block. But, they're just too close to Hell's Kitchen so the surrounding area is crazy loud and dirty. And, one of the apartment buildings used to be a hospital. I would not want to live in a building where that many people died. No, thank you.
The block between 7th and 8th is a really arty sort of commercial block which I dig. Businesses there include the Urban Stages Theater Group, a guitar shop, a drums shop, a recording studio owned by the Webster Hall people and some sort of holistic place that trains pyschics or something. There's also, weirdly, a ton of fur shops and a really beautiful Gothic church. What there aren't any of are bars and restaurants which is pretty in line with the rest of this area.
The next block is a bunch of fur shops, the old police station where the name The Tenderloin was coined for this part of town, and the current main headquarters for the police traffic control division across the street. This part of town isn't the nicest by any stretch but it's crazy to think that it used to have such an awful rap sheet.
The street through Chelsea pretty much runs its course after that. There's a lot of ups and downs on this street, but in my opinion, there aren't enough ups to make me want to live here. If I did live on 30th, I would probably stay around 8th ave, and I only would if I found a really cool apartment.
  • Central location
  • No bar or restaurant scene
  • Has a midtown feel to it
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Close to Trains"

W 30th street is not too different from the other streets in the 30s, meaning that it is noisy, dirty, and a bit dodgy to walk around on at night. At its intersection with 8th ave, 30th street feels the glow from Madison Sq. Garden and Penn Station, which means that it is more or less always crowded. There is a lot of traffic on the street because it is near the Holland Tunnel, and so even whilst living on higher floors, you will get the noise from the streets. There is a lot of police around because of the nearby train station and police precinct. It is close to the west side train lines, and within walking distance to Times Sq. Though those are really the biggest benefits I can think of. The rent is high in this area, and although it is possible to find a decent amount of space, it is generally small, crowded, and dark. It's a nice street to use as a walk-through, I wouldn't recommend staying here longer than you have to.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"West 30th Street"

West 30th Street is very similar to its surrounding streets with slight less desirable housing options. I liked the vicinity to other streets that were more exciting, but I didn't enjoy the huge brown buildings, which quite frankly, were a bit of an eye sore.

West 30th 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 light, and it is a good neighborhood for those who do not require anything entertaining.

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