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6.5 out of 10

Nassau St, Civic Center

Ranked 4th best street in Civic Center
40.7111320859005 -74.0066125218302
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Tourists


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

"A whole lot of old federal buildings"

Nassau, like most of this part of town, isn't a place to go for nightlife or restaurants. But, because it is the oldest part of New York, some of the buildings are stunning and the historical factor is pretty hard to beat. The weird thing about Nassau is that it is predominantly, historically speaking, Newspapers and publishing that has somehow been converted to a whole lot of banks. It's still pretty though.
The old New York Times Building is right on the corner of Spruce and Nassau. It's now part of Pace University but it still looks really cool and old timey. I have to give props to Pace for moving into an old building and not proceeding to destroy it like some other universities (cough cough, NYU). Speaking of history, directly across the street is the former building of a newspaper that first published Poe's The Raven. I'm a Poe nerd, so I thought this was a pretty stellar fact to stumble upon. The building next to the old NY Times building is this gorgeous terra cotta thing that was built in 1883 by a guy with the ironic last name of Potter.
126 Nassau was the spot where Mary Rogers lived at the time of her disappearance in 1841. When her body washed up on the Hudson, it started a sensation because she was a notable beauty and the murderer was never found. Poe wrote a poem about her.
The street going south has a lot of old buildings that all seemed to have something to do with Newspapers or publishing once upon a time. But, now what little publications are left in New York are all in midtown and there's nothing really to see in any of these buildings except for ghosts of old literary glamour.
The thing I like about the really downtown part of downtown is that while it's lackluster in the bar and nightlife scene, the old buildings are so cool. The Federal Reserve Bank on Nassau and Maiden is such a gorgeous building. And, I just found out that the basement of the bank has 90 billion dollars worth of gold in it! I guess about 2 billion dollars of monetary transactions happen through this bank every day. The Federal Reserve doesn't mess around. But, probably the coolest building in all of downtown, let alone on Nassau is the Federal Hall Building which is a few blocks down from the Reserve. The original building was built in 1703 and was where George Washington was sworn in as our first President. It was torn down when the capital was moved and then rebuilt about 100 years later. I like to pretend it's the original building when I take visitors that don't do their research by this place. It just sounds cooler.
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Dead at night
  • No restaurant scene
  • No nightlife
Recommended for
  • Tourists

"On Nassau Street"

Nassau Street is in one of the most well connected sections of Brooklyn. This area is filled with activity and life. Pace University is in this neighborhood as well as Theatre Alley. You'll find various metro stations and a lot of entertainment, in the way of food and fun. This is overall one of my favorite sections of the city.

"Good traffic facilities"

Nassau street runs through Manhattan district of New York. You get a clear view of the New York city hall in its vicinity. Shopping is the major activity on this street. The street having four linked stations provide to be an added advantage thus helping in reducing vehicular traffic on the street. Not long ago it had also gained name as a stamp district.

"Friendly and pleasant path"

Nassau street is located in Manhattan. The New York city hall shares its neighborhood. It was also known as the Stamp district. Shopping is the major activity on this street. It has an added advantage of having four linked stations which reduce load on vehicular traffic.
I never did see such a huge system of railways having four stations which in itself attracts various tourists like me. It was really a wonderful experience.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5

"Nassau Street is being transformed"

I love living on Nassau Street, it's still mysterious and somewhat vacant, but there's a lot of change going on. A lot of people live on Nassau, and I think developers are noticing that. Even though some of the old businesses have closed, which is sad, I think developers are going to tap into its potentiality for retail, entertainment and food.

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