Leading into Union Square and ending at a impassable wall of trees and park space, 15th Street is a unique mixture of industrial, residential and commercial. Fancy buildings like 15 Union Square West sit shoulder to shoulder with older towers like the Spingler Building (named after Henry Spingler who was responsible for purchasing much of the land that is now Union Square in the 18th Century).
restaurants offices and stores. The south side, by comparison is a bit bland and desolate with a few rare exceptions. This segment of 15th Street can be easy to miss, especially since 14th and 17th, which are able to go around the park, are so close by, and so much more convenient.