With the constant rumbling of the subway traversing the bridge overhead, the area directly below the Manhattan Bridge's western anchorage is mostly filled with parks, stores and more parks. While there are certainly apartments to be found, most are on adjacent blocks.
Cherry Street has the privilege of going directly through archway under the overpass. With the overwhelming smell of urine present, you won't find much time to ponder the lone tree stump in the middle of the tunnel. Exiting to the west, there is a long line of ball fields, basketball courts and playgrounds. With plenty of shade and lots of open space, it's a rather pleasant place to hang around – even if it is a tad grimy.