Lower East Side: a vibrant and evolving neighborhood

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Lower East Side: a brief historical reminder of this neighborhood

During the 1900th century, the Lower East Side was mainly inhabited by Germans, but in the XNUMXs, the Jewish community arrived and made the Lower East Side their adopted district. Over time, the Jews developed the textile industry there and this community quickly built shops and workshops of all kinds.



Lower East Side today concentrates artists, musicians, writers and designers. There are also many Jewish people there, mostly from Eastern Europe. South Americans and Asians have also settled in this neighborhood.

Lower East Side is therefore a district where several religions and people from all over the world live together!

Lower East Side: the must-sees of this motley neighborhood

In the Lower East Side, the atmosphere is relaxed, artistic and during your walk, you will discover astonishing alleys and stairs reserved for very typical help. Lower East Side is therefore unlike any other New York neighborhood, and it is this criterion that makes it so fascinating!

To read: the complete guide to New York neighborhoods.

Also, this district does not concentrate many tourist activities, but some places are worth a look! Here they are.

The Tenement Museum

Le Tenement Museum can be found on Orchard Street at number 103. It is a museum that traces the lives of immigrants and is the ideal place for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge of the melting pot. This museum is located in a apartment complex in which lived more than 7000 immigrants from more than 20 nationalities between 1863 and 1935. During your visit, the guides will bring you to these various apartments and will make you plunge years back!



The good addresses for shopping

Fashion enthusiasts will be delighted in this district! Eh yes ! Lower East Side is an increasingly important fashion district. You will find in particular thrift storesbut also designer boutiques very interesting. Of vintage stores have also settled there. Something to delight everyone! In the Lower East Side, you will therefore enjoy browsing through all these shops to find the rare pearl.

But if you are looking for affordable items, direction Orchard Street. This street is a must when shopping on the Lower East Side! Another emblematic street: Delancey street. It is bordered by many shops such as delicatessens, shops, bars ... Among the places not to be missed, there is the Essex Street Market, a retail market where you can find inexpensive products. This market is the heart of the neighborhood. It brings together more than 20 traders all offering different gastronomic products.

If you are a shopper, I invite you to read our article on shopping in New York.

Parks and gardens

To get some fresh air, the M'Finda Kalunga Community Garden (133-, 165 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002) and La Plaza Cultural (E 9th St & Avenue C, New York, NY 10003) are two great places. Large trees and magnificent flora shelter these two places located in the heart of the district. Enough to recharge your batteries after strolling through the streets of the district!


Lower East Side

Want to eat a good meal? Here are the best restaurants on the Lower East Side!


Le Katz's Delicatessen (205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002) is a real institution in the neighborhood! Their pastramis and hot dogs are delicious (it's their specialties), but what makes this establishment unique is its extra large aspect. The sandwiches and drinks here are huge. If you have a big appetite, then this restaurant is for you, but go there around 14 p.m., because at noon, it's very difficult to get a table. And if this restaurant tells you something, that's okay, since a scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally was shot there.


For a good burger with fries, there is nothing better than the restaurant Mikey’s Burger. The prices are affordable and the establishment is friendly. Its address is: 134 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002. The Spitzer’s Corner at 101 Rivington Street is another restaurant that offers American specialties in a relaxed atmosphere.

And for a little snack break, go to Sugar Sweet Sunshine, a pastry shop that offers famous cupcakes. It is located on the same street as the Spitzer's Corner, but at number 126.

Where to have a drink?

THEAttaboy (134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002) is a lively bar where themed nights are held, but if you're looking for somewhere with a quieter vibe, head to Ten Bells au 247 Broome Street.


Where is the Lower East Side located?

Lower East Side is located between 14th Street and the Manhattan Bridge. It is on the edge of the East River and adjacent to Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower Manhattan and the East Village. Here is a map to locate it:

To get there, take the J, M or Z lines and get off at Essex Street or the F or V lines to Delancey Street.

All you have to do is conquer the Lower East Side!

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