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Besides delicious food and colorful nightlife, Lower East Side is also known for great shopping bargains.

The Epicenter of Downtown Cool is Home to Raucous Bars and Trendy Bistros

A century ago, the tenements of the Lower East Side were the first American homes of immigrants from Italy, Poland, and Ireland. Today they are popular with artists and creative types drawn to the vibrant after-hours scene.

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At a Glance

  • Past life: Delancey and Orchard streets got their names from British Army Captain James DeLancey and the farm he owned before the Revolutionary War.
  • Time capsule: Before becoming the Tenement Museum, the building at 97 Orchard had been shuttered for more than 50 years.
  • Oohs and aahs: Meg Ryan's character in When Harry Met Sally‚Ķ "fakes" enthusiasm for a pastrami sandwich in Katz's Deli.

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About Lower East Side

The Lower East Side, on the southeastern edge of Downtown Manhattan, has come a long way from its working-class roots. At the turn of the 20th century, it was jam-packed with newly arrived immigrants. By the early 21st century, it had transitioned to a trendy food and nightlife destination. The Lower East Side remains diverse, with students and artists living alongside families from Asia. Its red-brick tenement buildings now house chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and hip bars. Visitors can Read More [+]

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Translating New York’s 15 Apartment Types

Real estate in New York is nothing short of an obsession, a constant source of delight, envy, anxiety, and pride. When you start looking for a place to rent or own for yourself, if you’re not from here, Read More »


New York's Best Shopping Streets

New York’s Best Shopping Streets

If the ladies of Sex and the City taught us anything, it’s that New York City is one of the best shopping cities on the planet. Manhattan is rightfully famous for its glossy, perfume-scented department stores and high-end boutiques Read More »

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