3.6 out of 10

West 36 St, Garment District

Ranked 8th best street in Garment District
40.7525528989472 -73.9903392677165
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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

"Lifeless street"

36th starts its run through the Garment District in a very Garment District way. There is such weird mix of little shops on this block (at 5th) and I have never had any desire to go into one of them. I always wonder how the stores in this neighborhood stay in business. I don't think they do anything for the aesthetic or energy of the neighborhood either but that's just one man's opinion.
There's a little 24 hour Korean BBQ right at 5th that looks kind of scary to me. And, there's a little bar next door to that which is a good thing for the neighborhood but I have yet to know one person who has ever been to this bar. There's also an underwear store right next to a feather store on this block (see what I mean?) And, then there's Keen's Chop House. Keens has been around since the 19th century and it's a very old, crusty steak house with over 200 varieties of Scotch. I think it's more notable now for its history than its actual food but I think it's pretty cool. There used to be all kinds of lascivious activity on this block but it just looks like there is. A big British occultist used to live here as well as the big party inviter for the Astors. There used to be another steak house on this block which was where Henry Gray and Ruth Snyder met. Their plot to kill her husband inspired the movies Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. All I keep wondering is how so many people managed to eat at steak houses back in the day . . .
The block at Broadway is taken up by two massive buildings: The Herald and The Haier Building. So, unless you work for either of those companies, there's really no reason to pay it a visit. And, the block at 6th houses three slightly smaller buildings with a bunch of commercial spaces in them so that's pretty much a passover block as well. The block leading into Hell's Kitchen (just before 8th) is only great if you're a shopper. There's a permanent sample sale store on the north side of the street that all my friends love and a masquerade costume company across the street which I think is kind of cool to peruse through. Other than that, there's nothing to see here either.
West 36th is pretty depressing in this neighborhood. The buildings are all ugly and there's just no energy to the street. You add that to the fact that there's not much to do and no green and you're not really left with much of a reason to want to live here (or go here).
  • Too busy at times
  • Too loud of noise
  • Too many people at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Shop Till You Drop"

If you are into shopping, you will love Herald Square. At the corner of 34th St is Daffy's. It is incredible the number of department stores and little shops along the way. If you really want to spend money this is the area to be. There is a little bit of everything. You will even run into street vendors. Bring plenty of cash and/or your credit card. You will need it.
  • Plenty of stores
  • Plenty of restaurants
  • Mixed bag
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many people at times
  • Too loud of noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

"Take it or leave it"

I only come to this street if I need to buy beads to make some jewelry. There really isn't much to offer here, besides some basic accessory stores. The bead shops are great, and offer a lot of variety, particularly as you get closer to the fashion district. I have also run across some decent button and fabric stores here. The further East you go on 36th street, the closer you will get to Little Korea, which is fun, but further south. This area is not so great to live in, it is noisy and dirty and the apartment buildings do not look so well maintained. Also, at its furthest Western point, this street coincides with the entrance to the Lincoln tunnel, so traffic is horrendous during rush hour. This means that fi you're not a fan of honking cars, definitely don't live here. Accessing 36th street by public transportation is easy because it's equidistant from Penn Station and Times Square. That, however, may be its biggest selling point.
hhusted I agree with you partially. I think it depends on what part of the street you are on and what section of the city. some sections I found fascinating, while other areas were downright nasty looking. So I guess it depends on where you are.
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