Southeastern Manhattan bordered by the East River, Houston Street, Broadway and Canal Street. Neighborhoods include Chinatown, Little Italy and NoLIta.
Unlike other neighborhoods where modern glass towers prevail, the narrow, crisscrossing streets of the Lower East Side still offer traces of its vibrant, rag-tag history. But today, the pushcarts and pickle barrels of a century ago have been replaced by art galleries and New Asian restaurants, reflecting the interests of the latest generation of hopeful strivers: up-and-coming creative and media types, who are drawn to the area for its prolific nightlife and relatively affordable rents. Beloved institutions like Katz’s Delicatessen and the Sunshine Cinema are still going strong, but are now surrounded by boutiques and espresso cafes catering to the sophisticated tastes of downtown residents.
Renovated lofts, duplexes and walk-ups mingle with high-rise luxury condominiums, ambitious mixed-use projects and boutique hotels. These newer edifices contrast dramatically with the turn-of-the-century tenement buildings that still house rental apartments along venerable streets like Chrystie, Rivington and Stanton.