Lower East Side
Lower East Side
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This section of Manhattan once inhabited by Jewish immigrants has undergone a rebirth in recent years.
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,694 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Lower East Side stretches from Midtown south towards Brooklyn Bridge. This area has a really good vibe and one of the things I loved about the area is the huge amount of street art that there is.

Even without trying to hard you can find some brilliant artwork on the sides of buildings.

There are a few squares and places to sit and watch the world pass by.

Definitely worth checking out on your visit to the city.
Written December 16, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
NYC's Lower East Side has traditionally been an area of impoverished ethnic neighborhoods. Little Italy was the center of Italian life in NYC, until the process of gentrification began, and many Italians moved out, mainly to New Jersey. Chinatown continues to prosper. Many new immigrants find shelter here. The traditional Jewish neighborhoods have been overtaken by new tenement dwellers. The Lower East Side is undergoing a revival, as artists and new settlers move in. It's well worth a look around, we stayed here and were made welcome.
Written March 24, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,723 contributions
Nov 2021
I've always avoided this part of town a bit worried about the crime. But I did not detect any bad vibes as I wandered all around, enjoying the huge array of ethnic restaurants and cafes. Great atmosphere and mix of people. This is a real neighborhood with history.
Written November 11, 2021
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Samoht
New York City, NY444 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Today we visited the Lower East Side for the first time in several years and were disappointed by the seriously deteriorated conditions in some areas. Many stores are vacant and show a serious lack of care. Trash and graffiti are everywhere. Walking these streets was not the pleasant experience we were hoping for.
Written August 17, 2021
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neil102
Astoria, NY8,007 contributions
Jul 2020
I love coming down here to view the boutique stores and little restaurants. One of the nicest things to do is go to some of the art houses during the summer months. A must for those who want to visit NYC. I came back here in July 2020.
Written April 16, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Mar 2020
Manhattan's Lower East Side has traditionally been populated by poor immigants. In the 2000s the Lower East Side began a process of rapid gentrification. Now it is best known for its nightlife eating, drinking, dancing and live music. The Lower East Side's immigrant history can be seen in the Tenement Museum. Delancey Street and Hester Street are still the geographic heart of the Lower East Side, though most Jewish people have moved elsewhere..
Written May 27, 2020
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Carolynscully
South Londonderry, VT9 contributions
Oct 2019
I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting NYC and for people living in NYC who never get out of their own zip code and who would like to explore a different part of NYC. Bruce shared lots of information on history, architecture, and the different cultures living in the LES. The tour was fun and we moved an at a nice pase stopping often Bruce answered all of our questions and at the end of the tour, he emailed us a tip sheet with links on what we saw and other information about NYC.
Written October 19, 2019
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Mark W
Boca Raton, FL2,735 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Famous as a Jewish immigrant neighborhood at the turn of the Twentieth Century, it is changing rapidly as luxury apartment buildings spring up all around. However, there are still a number of restaurants, shops, and institutions which preserve memories of what once was in its past.
Written August 18, 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,723 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This part of lower Manhattan has gone through a big transition to a gentrified present, full of cool restaurants and bars, and more expensive apartments. But still a lot of traditional low income housing, so the old mix of immigrants is still present. A little gritty, but very safe. Take a walking tour to learn the history.
Written July 21, 2019
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
When I lived in Manhattan this is where I lived. I love going back to visit. It's such an interesting and vibrant part of the city. If you have time make sure to find your way to the Lower East side of Manhattan.
Written April 24, 2019
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LOWER EAST SIDE - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)