Feeling both desolate and crowded at the same time, this segment of 10th Avenue is pretty typical of the west side. With equal parts industry (hello massive, imposing AT&T building) and residential (classic, low-rise apartment buildings line most of the eastern side of the street), this part of town is right in the middle of nowhere – Times Square is safely to the south east, Lincoln Center is about 8 blocks north, and the waterfront is a good two to three blocks away.
With the exception of the aforementioned AT&T building, most of the area keeps pretty low to the ground; allowing for some great vistas of midtown. There's definitely a sense of community of belonging here. As it is, I would bet that most of the people you see on the street live within a few blocks of here.