Of course its very very touristy, lots of gift shops with Russian nesting dolls, fast food franchises, but lots of people everywhere so it makes for great people watching. The river is beautiful at night and there are lots of activity around the square, light shows, dancing and singing. The buildings in the area are very ornate and I understood that there was considerable European influence in their designs. A large Jewish community once thrived in the area after many people relocated there from Europ prior to and after WWII. Night time is when to visit this street.
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