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LOWER EAST SIDE

Known for
  • Chinatown
  • Contemporary art galleries
  • Diverse eateries
  • Essex Street Market
  • Katz's Delicatessen
  • Lombardi's Pizza
  • The Tenement Museum

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 But today, the pushcarts and pickle barrels of a century ago have been replaced by art galleries and New Asian restaurants, reflecting the interests of the latest generation of hopeful strivers: up-and-coming creative and media types, who are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.

 

Iconic Architecture

 

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.

 

Historic Highlights

 

  • In 1905, Lombardi’s in NoLIta was reputedly the first restaurant in the United States to serve pizza. These coal-oven baked pies remain some of the best in the world.
  • The Essex Street Market was opened in 1940 to help clear the streets of pushcarts. Today, Saturday morning shoppers visit the renewed building to buy handcrafted meats, cheeses and other gourmet treats.
  • During its 30-year run on the Bowery, a dingy club called CBGB launched the punk-rock movement, not to mention the careers of Blondie, Patti Smith, The Ramones and dozens of other famous bands. The former music emporium now houses a trendy boutique.

Neighborhood Favorites

Mr Purple

Sunshine Cinema

Hester Street Fair

Souvlaki GR

Rintintin

Dirty French

RISE Coffee

Blue Moon

Les Enfants de Bohème

Stanton Social

Tenement Museum

Museum at Eldridge Street

First Street Green Cultural Park