Lower East Side Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray

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The Lower East Side also referred to as the LES, is located in the Southeast part of Manhattan between the Bowery to its west, the East River to its east, Canal Street to its south and Houston to its north. 

This eclectic neighborhood has your pick of tenement-style buildings mixed with upscale apartments.

You can explore the neighborhood's and New York's tenement past at the Tenement Museum, which offers visitors an opportunity to experience what life was life for the millions of immigrants who have come to the city and passed through the area.

Tenement Museum

The neighborhood attracts the hip, young crowd who visit for its music venues, trendy bars, and restaurants.

There is live music happening every night in the Lower East Side between the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Arlene's Grocery, Pianos, Parkside Lounge, and the Rockwood Music Hall.

New York Universityis located just a few blocks away making it a convenient hangout spot for students.

The gentrification began to really take hold in the early 2000s, transforming the Lower East Side one of the most trendy neighborhoods in the city.

Several fancy hotels and luxury condominiums like The Blue Condominium were erected creating a stark contrast to the neighborhood's architecture.

FUN FACT: By the 1840s, large numbers of German immigrants settled in the area, and a large part of it became known as "Little Germany" or "Kleindeutschland." The German population decreased in the early twentieth century as a result of the General Slocum disaster and due to anti-German sentiment prompted by World War I.

Local Buzz

CelebrityNotes
Chloë SevignyActress and model
Dakota FanningActress and model

Transportation

NYC Taxi

Both the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan Bridge connect the LES to Brooklyn.

There are also many bike lanes in the neighborhood and the Citywide Ferry Service is expected to begin serving the area this year.

Public transportation is also easily accessible throughout the LES.

The Lower East Side is served by the following trains:

  • the B or D train at the Grand Street station.
  • the F train at East Broadway station.
  • the J and Z train at Bowery.
  • the 6, B, D, F, and M at the Broadway/Lafayette station.
  • the F, J, M, and Z train at Delancy St./Essex St. 
SubwayB, D, F, J, M, Z, 6
BusM9, M14A, M14D, M15, M15 SBS, M21, M22, M103, B39

Average Rent Prices

Five and six-story renovated walk-ups are most common in the Lower East Side. These century-old tenement buildings are now alongside newly constructed high-rise luxury apartments and condos.

Space is very tight in this neighborhood due to it being one of the most densely populated working-class and immigrant settlement districts in Manhattan so space saving ideas are key!

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
$2,396$2,866$3,793$4,523

Restaurants

Katz's Deli is a theme park of Jewish-American food and a tribute to the neighborhood's cultural history. It has consistently been the country's go-to eatery for mile-high sandwiches since its inception in 1888.

Multi-award winning brunch spot Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the neighborhood's most popular spots. Husband and wife chef happily serve patrons what New York Magazine deemed twice the city's best blueberry pancakes in the city!

Family-owned Russ and Daughters cafe is an absolute must try. Hands down, the most popular orders are the potato latkes and the salmon lox bagel board.

The wait could be anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours giving patrons plenty of time to explore the neighborhood!

A great post-bar munchie spot is Rosario's Pizza at 173 Orchard. It is known to be a very reasonably priced go-to spot for some of NYC best slices!

Public & Charter Schools

Lower East Side schools are located in District 1, known to be one of the most culturally diverse school districts in the city. 

Lower East Side Preparatory High SchoolPublic  - 10-12 - 470 studentsHigh academic standards and demanding curriculum. Strong college acceptance record.
P.S. 110 Florence NightingalePublic - PK-5 - 424 studentsDiverse student body. Lots of enrichment and after-school activities. Good parent involvement.
Manhattan Charter SchoolCharter - K-5 - 262 studentsTeaching assistant in every class. Regular instruction in French and music.
Girls Prep Lower East SideCharter - k-8 - 360 studentsTeachers are caring, efficient and easy to understand. Strong academic culture and teaches young girls to speak their minds.

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