Nolita Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray



This tiny, chic neighborhood is filled with cozy cafes and some of the best food gems in the city. In relation to its placement between neighborhoods, Nolita stands for North (No..) of Little Italy (..Lita).

Not mentioned in the name is Nolita’s relation east of Soho and west of the Lower East Side.

Nolita, once home to late David Bowie, has situated itself as a unique mix of trendy Soho and the charm of Little Italy.

Street art changes weekly making the historic area a destination for millennials in search of the next best hipster selfie.

FUN FACT:In a neighborhood that's only a few blocks wide, apartments can be hard to find. Turnover rates are low because many residents know that if they leave Nolita, it might be difficult to come back.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Nolita neighborhood:

John Legend & Chrissy TeigenMusician, Actor & Model

Public Transportation

Though transit options are not very convenient in this area, Nolita is the nexus of three popular neighborhoods with excellent transit options - Noho, Soho, and the Lower East Side.

The 6 train will bring you straight to Spring Street and Lafayette Street.

The RN and Q trains run along Broadway, while the DFB and M trains run along Broadway/Lafayette Street.

The subways link to downtown and midtown with connections at Union Square.

Average Rent Prices

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Public and Charter Schools

Nolita is located in District #2, which is home to one primary school. Nolita students do have access to unzoned schools in this district.

While De Salvia Playground on Mulberry Street is the only playground in the neighborhood, a playground is also available at one of the highest rated schools in the city which is PS 130 Hernando De Soto.

Because most of its students come from homes where families do not speak English, the school's above-average reading and math scores are something to be proud of.

The attendance rate is also one of the highest in the city and there is a strong emphasis on the performing arts.

PS 130 Hernando De Soto – PublicPK-5
Life Sciences Secondary School – Public6-12
Lower Manhattan Community Middle School – Public6-8
Ms 131 – Public6-8
Ms 260 Clinton School Writers and Artists – Public6-8
YC Lab Ms for Collaborative Studies – Public6-8
Life Sciences Secondary School – Public6-12
NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies – Public9-12


Over the years, an influx of small shops began attracting a much younger, hipper demographic to the neighborhood and this includes restaurants.

Drawing a heavy influence from its neighbor Little Italy, the tiny area offers many Italian hot spots.

Some local favorites include Prince Street Pizza, La Esquina, and Epistrophy.

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