"The SoHo street to live on"
Maybe because it's sandwiched between major thoroughfares Broadway and Lafayette, Crosby Street doesn't have quite as many shops as the surrounding SoHo streets. In fact, it serves as a kind of back loading dock to big shops operating out of Broadway, such as Bloomindale's. But this fact doesn't at all detract from the stylish beauty of its buildings, and the great pleasure of walking down this cobblestoned street. The quietude and less pedestrian traffic on weekends, compared to surrounding streets, probably makes it an ideal place to live. You wouldn't know it from the low-key facades of some of the buildings, but some of the residential lofts on this street are astonishing, with astonishing prices to match. The cross streets are where the real SoHo shopping and dining action is, so watch for the MoMA at the corner with Spring Street and L'Orange Bleue at the intersection with Broome Street. Housing Works is on this street, a second-hand shop that resells donated items and turns the profits over to charity. I often see photo and film shoots on this street, and no wonder: it's totally picturesque and sparse enough of traffic to make it an ideal location for shoots. Somebody please tell me what the “Center for Advanced Whimsy” is, if you ever find it.