Very few places in the world are as eclectic and captivating as Manhattan's Lower East Side. Charming and lively, the Lower East Side lures you in with its ultra-hip image and distinct connection to the island's vibrant past. It's where the old world meets the new, with Katz's Deli, Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery and historic places of worship mingled with avant-garde bistros, swanky boutique hotels and the city's hottest nightlife.

Explore the scene on Ludlow Street, where the Velvet Underground once lived, and you'll find today all in one place incredible designer clothes, dance clubs, galleries, bars, bodegas and international cafes. Or discover Orchard Street just steps away with its great discount shopping district.

The nightlife scene simply booms on the Lower East Side. With bars and clubs dotting nearly every street and corner, a residency in the neighborhood is the perfect place for those who want to capitalize on the convenience of these local hangouts.

The restaurants in the neighborhood are more than just a place to pass the time before heading out. With international are ranging from Chinese and Malaysian to Greek and Dominican, and truly everything in between.


Recently designated a state and national historic district, the Lower East Side is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Over 200 years ago, Orchard Street was among the world's busiest commercial centers, and home to a flourishing garment industry. The first settlement house in America was built in 1898 on Eldridge Street. In response to the pushcarts that once filled the neighborhood's narrow streets, Mayor La Guardia established the Essex Street Market in the 1930s.

New York's oldest surviving synagogue can be found on the Lower East Side as well. Now home to the Angel Orensanz Center, an art and performance space, this landmarked building was also the site of Sarah Jessica Parker's and Matthew Broderick's famous wedding.

In the 1980s, the Lower East Side became a bastion of radical contemporary art, where intimate galleries like ABC No Rio resisted the status quo of the mainstream art scene. Exemplary of the Lower East Side's rich, diverse past, a Dutch church from the 1840s was once a boxing venue and vaudeville theater before becoming Sunshine Cinema. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Orchard Street is an excellent venue for the early Lower East Side experience.


Loosely bounded by Broadway and Pike Street to the west, East Houston Street to the north, and the East River to the east and south. And in between, there’s more than plenty to do.

With access to the Williamsburg Bridge, FDR Drive, several bus lines and the J, M, B, D and F subways, the Lower East Side holds its own in terms of New York City transportation ease. This eclectic neighborhood is worth the visit, if only to confirm that New York City truly is the city that never sleeps.

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