As you cross Broadway on 4th street, you can clearly see the two major options that you have to the north and south here: Uptown is the bustling land near Astor Place and Union Square – with it's criss-crossing roads. Downtown you have the insanity of Houston Street...the doorway to SoHo.
The first block of this street is a very quiet one, at least compared to the bustling avenues that bookend it. The corner used to be home to Tower Records before it was unceremoniously closed a few years back; only to be replaced by a series of depressing retail pop-ups, it now sits vacant.
Across from the empty store is "Other Music", which was probably a much more clever name when Tower was still around. Next door appeared to be a high-end stereo retailer, while the rest of the block was pretty much nothing.
After Broadway you officially enter NYU territory. Several school buildings and local hangouts dot the block and students mysteriously come out of nowhere – so watch out!