Life in Nolita is diverse and hip. From the ethnic eateries to the trendy designer shops, the neighborhood is defined by taste and culture. The narrow streets and mom-and-pop stores create a sense of community and an escape from Manhattan’s hustle and bustle. Some of New York University’s buildings are also scatted in the area and to cater to its young audience, Nolita has a vibrant nightclub and restaurant scene. Of course, more relaxed and low-key cafes are not very difficult to find.
Being part of Soho the beaux arts-style is visible everywhere in Nolita and post-war apartment buildings and townhouses are ubiquitous in this area of Manhattan; leaving almost no space for the high-rise new construction of Midtown. What were once factories and horse stables have now been converted to sun-filled studios and residential condominiums. Two of the architectural wonders of Nolita are The Spring at 225 Lafayette Street and the former Police Headquarters Building. Nolita is a perfect mix of historic and contemporary.