The Coolest Streets in New York City

New York City | © Jeff Gunn / Flickr
New York City | © Jeff Gunn / Flickr
Photo of Julia Goicochea
3 November 2017

Leave the tour buses to the tourists—in a city like New York, simply taking a stroll is a form of sightseeing. From Instagram gold to idyllic escapes, every block brings with it a new surprise. Put on your walking shoes and practice your poses, readers: here are the coolest streets to see and snap in New York City.

Washington Street

Bridge, Building
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Home to hipster-approved entertainment, destination dining, and the best photo op in New York City, DUMBO has become one of Brooklyn’s top attractions. More specifically, the neighborhood’s Washington Street is what’s bringing tourists and locals alike to the area to strike a pose against a flawlessly framed New York backdrop featuring the Manhattan Bridge and Empire State Building.

Minetta Street

Park, Market, Building
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As the site of some of the first mixed-race and openly gay bars in the 1800s and the café where Bob Dylan penned ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ in 1962, Greenwich Village’s Minetta Street has always been the talk of the town. In addition to its historical intrigue, the Minetta Street of today offers picturesque 19th-century architecture and a tranquil reprieve from the surrounding Village streets.

Orchard Street

Park, Building
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The Lower East Side of Manhattan is one of the city’s most historically rich areas. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Orchard Street, an LES staple regarded as the center of the neighborhood. Travel back in time as you take in the street’s iconic low-rise brick-faced buildings, fire escapes, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and its weekly sidewalk mall.

Crosby Street

Park
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A shopping hub, Manhattan’s SoHo has become overrun with chain stores and tourists (and New Yorkers can’t decide which is worse)! Luckily, Crosby Street provides an ideal escape from both, along with independent boutiques, cafés, and businesses housed in pre-war buildings. It’s still SoHo, however, so Crosby Street surveyors can expect a few celebrity sightings as well.

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