Highbridge House 173rd Street

556 West 173rd Street, New York City, New York, 10032, United States
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Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by lenore29

I am planning to attend a recreational baking class at the institute of culinary education located at 50w 23rd street that ends at 10pm on a sat night. I am not familiar with the area and was hoping for some insights from NYC experts. Is the area safe and bustling at night or is it a quiet area? Are taxis readily available at that time of night in that area or is it better to arrange for a taxi pick in advance? What is the best way to get back to me hotel in times square from there? Many thanks!

Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by 10028

Oh, yeah, it'll be bustling! 10:00 p.m. isn't late at all in New York, and the Madison Square Park area is one of the hottest locations these days. You can walk to your hotel, take the subway, bus, or taxi -- all very easy, very safe. Or hang around and explore the area. You can also easily and safely explore nearby Chelsea, Flatiron, and Village neighborhoods. It'd be a waste to rush back to your hotel.


Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by NYTim

This is so close to where I live. It is very safe and bustling and a stroll to your hotel. A few blocks west and you are in Chelsea or walk downtown until you reach The Village. If you need more info, drop me a line.


Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by 10028

Another thought -- Since you're a baker, the most fabulous bakery supply store is just a block from the Institute of Culinary Education. Plan some time to browse at their huge selection.


Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by nyceagle1633

Listen to 10028.

Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by losham

50 W 23rd is between 6th & 5th in Chelsea and is a good neighborhood but at 10PM is not as active as it is a block or so west -- around 7th to 9th ave. I live a few blocks away and work part time at 50 W 23rd.

It is now turning cold outside and this time of year Madison Square Park is quiet at night and the "Broadway Sitting Area" (Broadway crosses 5Ave at 23rd street) is not in use when the temps drop at night.

Anyway if going back to hotel by 6th Ave take the bus but don't be afraid to walk around the Big Apple.

And the bake supply store is on 22nd street just a few doors east of 6th.



Re: Is the area around 50w23rd street bustling at night?

by lenore29

Thanks everyone for yr help. Appreciate it!

Travel Tips for New York City

Unlocking the Grid

by gilabrand

I always think of Manhattan as mammoth and overwhelming, but if you look at the numbers, it’s not so big at all. The whole city is only 4 kilometers long, bounded by the Hudson River in the west, the East River in the east, the Harlem River in the north and New York Harbor in the south. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern designed almost 200 years ago.

The avenues (1st Avenue – 12th Avenue) run across the city from north to south (uptown and downtown), and the streets bisect them from east to west (crosstown). Fifth Avenue slices Manhattan in half. So addresses west of Fifth Avenue will say “west” (“W”), and addresses east of Fifth Avenue will say “east” (“E”).

The streets are numbered from 1 to 200, and get higher from south to north. So 1st Street is in the south of the city, and 200th Street is in the north. Street numbers from 1-100 will be located between 5th and 6th Avenues, and street numbers from 100-200 will be located between 6th and 7th Avenues.

South of 4th Street (in Greenwich Village), the pattern becomes irregular, and the streets have names instead of numbers. The reason for this is that when the grid pattern was introduced in 1811, Greenwich Village had been isolated from the rest of the city by a yellow fever and cholera epidemic.

Actually, “uptown” and “downtown” are relative terms. Traveling south means to travel downtown, and traveling north means to travel uptown. In general, downtown is anything below 14th Street.

NYC: What's in a name?

by jglsongs

NYC life is fast- people walk fast and talk fast. Because life moves so quickly here, there are alot of abbreviations to deal with- neighborhoods, streets, nicknames, etc.

Here's a basic glossary of NYC abbreviations for tourists and newcomers:

-TriBeCa is a neighborhood named for the "TRIangle BElow CAnal St."

-SoHo is the neighborhood SOuth of HOuston St.

-NoLita (North of Little Italy)
-NoHo (North of Houston)

-DUMBO (hot new neighborhood in Brooklyn) stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

-BoCoCa (an even newer Brooklyn term, mostly used by realtors in downtown Brooklyn): BOerum Hill, CObble Hill and CArroll Gardens.

-Alphabet City is the East Village from Avenue A to Avenue D

-6th Avenue is Avenue of the Americas; they're the same avenue but most people say 6th Avenue because it takes too long to say its full name.

-if you're driving around the city, then you'll have to know what the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), LIE (Long Island Expressway), FDR (FDR Drive)- all highways

-things to know in case friends say let's meet at...
-MOMA is the Museum of Modern Art
-the MET is the Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center) and NOT the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on 5th Avenue)
-the SEAPORT is the South Street Seaport, between the Brooklyn Bridge and the foot of Wall Street
-LEX is Lexington ...and don't forget to use the right pronunciations, because knowing New Yorkers as I do, they WILL correct you :)

the most important thing to remember:
Houston St. is not pronounced like the Texas city, but HOW-stun

I know it's where all the...

by eaglespirit

I know it's where all the tourists go, but if you really want to see the city, go to the Empire State Building -- it's a great view of the city and even the surrounding areas. Looking for the Buddhist Temple! On our map it showed a little pic indicating there was a Buddhist Temple in China Town. We searched for HOURS but couldn't find it - the people on the streets didn't even know one existed there! After a while we gave up, and ended up running into one on our way to Battery Park. It was great, the people in there were really nice and let us go inside.

New York, is the financial...

by anuiyengar

New York, is the financial capital of the world.When in New York, try to visit the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza.If you are in New York during Christmas, then the christmas lighting in Rockefeller Plaza is a must see.Also amke sure that you take a ferry ride across the Hudson to Hoboken and to the Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty.If you are visitng New York, during Summer, do not miss the Palisades Interstate Park.Also visit the Delaware Water Gap, Bear Mountain and the 7 lakes.

New York City Tip

by joopy86

Cutting class one day during an incredibly beautiful May day and just laying out in Battery Park with my friends, soaking up the warm sunshine.

Everything seemed so untouchable back then, the sun glinting off all the buildings and the cool breeze of the harbor, the families outside playing.


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