Surrounded by new and old buildings, this block still has a lot of the energy found on 14th Street two blocks to the south. Though not as crowded, the combination of apartments and restaurants lends a nice variety to what would normally be a very sleepy street.
While some of the architecture is a bit bland and predictable, there are a few standout examples which, depending on the side of the street you're standing on, could be a bit obscured by inconvenient perspective. Both 8th and 7th Avenues are a bit strange. While both are crowded and full of back-to-back retail, they have rather different personalities, and are especially different from 5th Avenue just a few steps away.