Lower East Side Neighborhood Review
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.
The neighborhood attracts the hip, young crowd who visit for its music venues, trendy bars, and restaurants.
New York University is 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.
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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.
|Subway||B, D, F, J, M, Z, 6|
|Bus||M9, 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!
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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 School||Public - 10-12 - 470 students||High academic standards and demanding curriculum. Strong college acceptance record.|
|P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale||Public - PK-5 - 424 students||Diverse student body. Lots of enrichment and after-school activities. Good parent involvement.|
|Manhattan Charter School||Charter - K-5 - 262 students||Teaching assistant in every class. Regular instruction in French and music.|
|Girls Prep Lower East Side||Charter - k-8 - 360 students||Teachers are caring, efficient and easy to understand. Strong academic culture and teaches young girls to speak their minds.|