A good majority of this stretch is cast in the shadow of the super block to the east. However, unlike lots of other super blocks, this one feels rather airy and open, so it's not nearly as drab as some parts of town.
It's interesting to see the comparison of the turn-of-the-century buildings on the west side of the avenue, to the mid-century concept of urban redevelopment across the street, contrasted with the modern concept of redevelopment found a few blocks away (near Ave A, or 1st). Three very different styles of architectures, each celebrated or decried for their own reasons sitting side-by-side in the same neighborhood.
The street is almost exclusively filled with local retailers and shops. The multi-colored signs and murals give a lot of life and character to this block.