4.3 out of 10

Worth St, Chinatown

Ranked 12th best street in Chinatown
40.7148559269073 -74.0014618592621
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students


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

"Former 5 Points"

Worth's run through Chinatown starts at the now dubiously named Christopher Columbus Park. The park was built in 1897 in an attempt (which was pretty successful) to obliterate the Five Points. The Five Points was the biggest slum in New York back in the day. The living conditions around here were unbearable and disturbing. Several gangs ruled the slum as portrayed in the movie Gangs of New York and it was a really dangerous place in the 19th century. It's now a really pretty park in a part of town that I still think is kind of dangerous late at night. It's also very loud and crowded around here so it's hard to enjoy the park like you would Central Park -- but, that's the way with pretty much every park in the city outside of Central.
Across from the park, the entire block is taken up by the State Courthouse which is a really beautiful Roman structure that has been in all sorts of films.
The rest of the street, is not so pretty, however. There's a medical office building and a middle income housing project around Mott street. The next block down brings a low income housing project, a bank, a temple and a church. There's also an elementary school and an adjacent, creepy looking playground. The only pretty thing on the end of the street's run is Alfred Smith house. It's a three story rowhouse that really stands out amongst all of the slummy looking architecture on this street. It's beautiful -- but, what rowhouse isn't, I guess. It's worth a peek but enduring the traffic, trash and noise to get there is a bit much for most people when other neighborhoods are full of these.
Worth isn't a street I would really want to live on. There's no neighborhood feel and little to do. Plus, transportation isn't ideal. It's really only cool for people who like 5 points history (which I do) but I don't know that anyone wants to live in that history.
  • Cheaper Rent
  • Not particularly interesting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"New York's Strongest"

Worth Street's alternate name "Avenue of the Strongest," refers to the city's Department of Santitation which should tell you all you need to know about the eclectic charm - or lack thereof - of this street. While little is actually wrong with Worth Street, it's largely dull and clerical for those who don't work there; it's home to the headquarters of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation at Number 125, the Department o Health and Mental Hygeeine, and the Department of Sanitation, as well as the New York County Supreme Court and Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouses. All useful places to visit when in need, no doubt,but hardly the basis on which the next trendy neighborhood is predicated. With the exception of a few fast-food joints like Subway, there aren't too many places to eat (although Compose is the closest thing you'll find to a "nice" night out, and has a good reputation), so come stocked up on sandwiches if you have an appointment in the neighborhood
  • Useful buildings
  • Not particularly interesting

"Sort of Worth It"

Worth st is the typical residential street. It is quiet, uneventful in terms of night life, but it seems to be a fairly convenient place to live. It encompasses most of the downtown areas of Manhattan. i would recommend this area to older people, and maybe families with young children. As most of the areas in Manhattan fall subject to the loud spill out from bars and clubs, this area offers a little bit of quiet, and not much disturbance. Furthermore, it's a very convenient street to get to as it is conveniently located near entrances to all of the subway lines, and many of the downtown buses pass through here. The BXM 18 express bus tot he Bronx also passes through here, but taking it during rush hour traffic sometimes makes you wish you had stuck with the subway. There's not much to say about Worth street besides that it's quiet, and convenient. If you're looking for some action, however, this isn't the place to go.

"Quite Strictly Pragmatic"

Federal Plaza is home to various federal buildings, including Immigration and Naturalization services. It is a nice area to stroll by if you are walking down Boradway because there are some nice bench lined resting areas. The Plaza is surrounded by Delis and convenience stores, so it is surprisingly not a bad place to have a picnic. Its proximity to Canal st and Brooklyn Bridge, makes it a nice addition to a leisurely summer stroll. There are many useful services around as it is near so many government buildings including Translation, Interpretation, Notarization, and many more such services. There are plenty of fast food places around, including 4 Starbucks outlets. It is generally a pretty convenient area to be in.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"What's Your Worth?"

Also near Columbus park and the beginning of the descent into the bowels of Manhattan, Worth Street a good street to cool your heels and to live, but maybe not the most eventful place on a Saturday night. I think this is a good place for older people to live simply because there’s pretty no vagrancy happening by the youth pouring out of bars, loud restaurants, or anything disturbing. That might read dull to some of you, but might be perfect for others.
This village is best accessed by the followed Metro Stations: 1,2 Houston Street, A,C,E, Spring Street, Prince St N,R,W, Broadway-Lafayette, B,D,F,V, Bleeker St, 4,6 2nd Ave- Lower East Side F,V, Canal St 1, 2, Canal St, A,C,E, ...N, Q R,W,... 4, 6,... J, M, Z, Grand St, B, D Bowery, J, M, Franklin, 1, 2. It is also very well acessible by the bus system!

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