Lower East Side

Manhattan

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"The Lower East Side’s rich immigrant history has made it a truly dynamic place to be for centuries! Currently popular with creatives and young professionals, the Lower East Side (LES) was previously inhabited by Italian immigrants who eventually moved north to Little Italy, Chinese immigrants who moved west to Chinatown and Eastern European Jewish immigrants who moved across the river to Williamsburg. But remnants of these ethnic enclaves are all over the neighborhood. Stretching below Delancey Street and down towards Grand Street, from the East River to Broadway, the Lower East Side is a popular business district with bars, boutiques and highly-rated restaurants (boozy brunch has become a new popular LES trend) on Stanton, Orchard, Rivington, Hester, Ludlow and Essex Streets. On Sundays, Orchard Street is closed off to traffic in memory of the Sundays a century prior when vendors and peddlers would set up shop on the street. Hester Street Fair, a Saturday food and crafts festival in the park, also pays tribute to the vendors of the past, allowing modern food artisans to sell their products to the community. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is a great resource to learn about the early 20th Century tenements that housed a huge number of immigrants in rather horrific conditions, many of which are now hugely expensive modern properties. The New Museum on Bowery, a certified historic district since 2013, host exhibits on art, design and technology, showing a major shift in the neighborhood." By: Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

F
M
J
Z

Buses:

M14
M21
M22

Rental Prices:

$1,700 ― $2,900

Sales Prices:

$404,000 ― $692,000

Landmarks:

East River Park, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Thierry Goldberg Projects

School Districts:

1

Police Precincts:

7

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Reviews

  • dikar
    January 14th 2015
    This is an exciting neighborhood for young people and artists. There are bars and clubs, one on top of the other, and music gong all night. So, if you crave peace and quiet, this is not the nabe for you. The area is a mixture of middle income housing and new luxury rentals. There's lots of new development but still deals to be found.
  • chasingmatt
    December 15th 2014
    LES is one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods in NYC. It's a terrific mix of culture, restaurants, and nightlife. Whenever I'm in the city I definitely make this a destination. Living here would also place you front in center to all major neighborhoods in both Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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