4.4 out of 10

West 33 St, Garment District

Ranked 6th best street in Garment District
40.750566225333 -73.9916907764671
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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

"Empire State and Strip Clubs"

33rd in the Garment District is very business oriented. It's not a street you would really want to live on because there's no neighborhood vibe and minimal aesthetic. There are a couple of shops at the start of the street's run through the neighborhood like the biggest comic book store in the city and an art supply store, etc. And, there are some fun little restaurants like PG which used to be a speakeasy that still has escape tunnels as well as a fantastic deli. But, the neighborhood effect of these places is pretty overshadowed, literally and figuratively, by the big daddy of NY tourism: The Empire State Building. This building takes up the whole norther side of the block at 33rd and 5th and is crawling with people all day long. It's the most recognizable spot in the city. When I first moved here, I would look for it to figure out which direction I was going. But, a lot of people look for it to go there. The building is 102 stories tall and was finished in 1931. It was the tallest building in the world until the '70's and is still in the top 5 for height. It has been in a few movies like King Kong (most notably) and is a popular meeting site for romancing thanks to An Affair to Remember. The view from the top is outstanding which is probably the biggest reason why tourists come here. The lights are pretty cool too. They make a heart in February. It really is quite the sight and worth a look. It's one of the few sky scrapers that I actually find attractive. The block after the Empire State is really small compared to the monster building. But, it's pretty much just taken up by strip clubs and strip clubs that serve food so there's not much to see anyway . . unless you're into strip clubs.
Once you cross Broadway, you're in another path of tourist crazy because Broadway is closed to cars and Greeley Square is on the other side. It's basically just a little stretch of green with benches and a statue of Greeley (one of the bigger names in journalism history). It's a lovely little plot of green but it's so surrounded by people, noise and big buildings that it's hardly tranquil. It's still a nice addition but it doesn't make up for the lack of aesthetic in the neighborhood, in general. And, it doesn't make up for all the strip clubs.
West 33rd is a not a street I would recommend living on. It's kind of seedy, really touristy and has no local haunt / neighborhood feel to it whatsoever. Unless you want to see the Empire State, it's really a passover street . . .that takes a while to pass over because of all the people.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

"not 34th street"

Just a block over from W 34th street, 33rd street is a bit quieter than the shopping center, but also a little grimier. There are a few places to shop but there are also wandering homeless. I wouldn't say there are much more than you would find in certain areas of Manhattan, though.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"Dark, Sketchy- Great Parties"

W 33rd isn't exactly the place to bring your grandma, unless she is a fan of stripclubs. I wouldn't get into anybody's way here, especially since it is a rough and sketchy place at night. During the day, it is relatively safe if you get to where you are going quickly. I've never had any problems here, but that's primarily because I've only walked through here only when strictly necessary. Once, at night, my roomate had dropped her key and wallet, and a strange looking man actually chased her to return it. She was frightened and said "I swear I thought he was going to attack me! It was so dark!"
If you're the type who tends to get nervous in places with darker reputations, I would avoid this area. Great for dark parties though!

As far as clubbing goes, it's worth stopping here. The dark atmosphere at night gives the experience a lot more!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

"Busy but worth it."

West 33rd St is one of the busiest roads in Manhattan, with a great deal of foot traffic and major venues located on it, but it is worth it. The Manhattan Mall is located on the block, not far from Madison Square Garden. It offers a variety of great stores to browse and shop at. Just two streets up is Macy's, rounding out the shopping experience. It's not the biggest shopping street in Manhattan but it is one of them and if you enjoy the mall experience Manhattan Mall will not disappoint.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"New York Nitty Gritty..."

If you've ever wondered what New York's shadier neighborhoods look like, you don't really have to look much further than Midtown. In the 30's block, as the streets approach Port Authority Bus Terminal, you can certainly find all sorts of miscellaneous delights, and not so delightful delights. Home to such places as Rick's strip club, this area is not really a place to hang around in all the time. It does have its fun qualities though, as it is not a typically crowded area of the Lower West Side. However, for a nice night out, I would recommend the Meat Packing District.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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West 33 St

"Busy but worth it. "
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West 31 St

"Convenient, But Loud and Dirty"
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West 36 St

"Shop Till You Drop"
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West 38th St

"Check Out The New Apartments on W. 38th Street"
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West 35 St

"Rather drab and uneventful"
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