"Often overlooked slice of Old New York"
Running along the Eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, Cherry Street seems like a time machine into a bygone age, a Lower East Side all but lost to trendy cocktail bars and open-mic slam poetry nights. There's no sign of a Williamsburg-esque renewal here; Cherry Street is one of the few New York streets to retain tenement housing alongside plenty of public-housing options, making the area a surprisingly affordable one. That's not to say Cherry Street is dangerous, however, although it's far from pleasant - the occassional scent of urine seems to be a fixture near the hulking overpass. There's not much on here; a few community centres and a grocery store or two are all that's available for the social butterfly, along Corlears Hook Park is present enough, and the East River Bikeway is a free gym for sports fans. When all's said and done, however, it's price - rather than charm - that render Cherry Street an option for the potential home-buyer or renter, although its lack of bohemian pretension and loud bars might make it particularly appealing for quiet and at-homey types.