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3.3 out of 10

Samuel Dickstein Plz, Lower East Side

40.7145061616274 -73.9847079982858
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5

"Kind of a driveway"

Pitt Street turns into Dickstein Plaza right at Grand and I think it's so bizarre when streets do this. I also think the rename is kind of funny in this particular instance (and I don't just mean because "Dickstein" is funny). Samuel Dickstein beat three time incumbent Congressman Meyer London in 1922 and had London's house paved over shortly thereafter. Dickstein Plaza is where London's house used to be. Talk about a grudge, huh?
The street is pretty lackluster, though, so I guess the joke is on ole Dickstein. It starts with a massive, ugly coop building directly across from a massive, ugly bank that no one uses. I have never understood the Emigrant Savings Bank. There's an Immigrant bank further downtown so I guess there's one for the comers and one for the goers in this part of Manhattan.
The street gets even more boring as you head south, however. The entire rest of Dickstein plaza until it ends is a traffic island with one sad two story building. And, then it's finished. No bars, no restaurants . . there's not even a deli on this street. Pitt street has a thing or two going on and once it turns into Dickstein, it's all over. I think this street is essentially a massive driveway for the Coop. So, I wouldn't live on it. For one, there's nothing to do here. And, two, you'd have to live in aforementioned ugly coop.
  • Nothing to do
  • Desolate looking

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