The Lower East Side (or LES) is best known these days as a place for an exciting night out. Its narrow streets are lined with trendy bars, clubs, restaurants, galleries and music venues, but the neighborhood has a gritty history too. Nowhere else can you find stilettoed club goers waiting in line across the street from a tenement museum, and some vestiges of its immigrant, punk and artistic past remain—the mix adds to the area's vibrant energy.
For a neighborhood so steeped in history, the Lower East Side is surprisingly modern. The New Museum is a landmark as contemporary as the art it exhibits; chase a visit there with craft cocktails at a posh rooftop lounge. For every new gallery or bar, there’s a vestige of the past—like a century-old family deli or a tenement building from 1863.See Highlights
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Explore remnants of an immigrant past, check out contemporary art and up-and-coming bands, and visit the shops, bars and eateries in this downtown neighborhood.
Manhattan's Lower East Side is crawling with nightlife. Find the best cocktail bars, dance bars and dive bars in the downtown neighborhood.
The brightest stars from the cutting edge of contemporary music (think college radio, not radio radio) are the Bowery Ballroom's bread and butter—the high percentage of sold-out shows at this venue confirms that it's the place to hear what's happening.
The restored historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, a 19th-century landmark with stunning architecture that initially opened its doors to a wave of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, recently reopened as a vibrant arts and education center for all ages and backgrounds, with exhibitions and tours of the restored synagogue.
Here’s where to spend your ducats on Crosby Street in Lower Manhattan.
Spend some time on the beat with a retired NYPD detective or officer, learning the shocking truth behind New York’s organized crime rings, white-collar swindlers and modern scandals. Visit traditional hotbeds of NYC crime like Chinatown, the Lower East Side and a more recent addition to the list of Manhattan’s most notorious neighborhoods: Wall Street. Learn how organized crime helped shape the city from your expert guide. A perfect 2-5-hour tour for anyone interested in true crime, storytelling or the turbulent history of this legendary American city.
Biking is the perfect way to see lower Manhattan. The area is rich in architectural, historical and cultural beauty. You’ll go from the Lower East Side to Little Italy to Chinatown, the City Hall area and the World Trade Center quickly and easily.
Explore the "city that never sleeps" aboard this open-top bus sightseeing tour. This tour takes you to Brooklyn for breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy night time views of Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Brooklyn Bridge and more.
The Yankees' All-Star relief pitcher grew up in Washington Heights and on the Lower East Side.
Thanks to a recent appointment of more than $1.6 million in City funding, the creativity continues at this well-loved and environmentally friendly Lower East Side social center, which was first conceived in 1979 and features a darkroom, a computer lab, an art gallery, a library of more than 12,000 'zines culled from the now-defunct Blackout!
Reflecting the diversity and energy of the Lower East Side neighborhood it serves, this multidisciplinary performing-arts space presents edgy works by innovators like modern dance choreographers Twyla Tharp and Martha Graham and avant-garde musicians Laurie Anderson and John Zorn.
This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is conveniently located in SoHo/Lower East Side, within walking distance to all that these hip, artistic neighborhoods have to offer, including world-famous restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, shopping and more.
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Downtown East is ideal for business, leisure and extended-stay travelers, offering personalized service for visitors of all itineraries.
The first downtown outpost of this star-making gallery opened in 2007 (a subsequent Bowery satellite opened in 2010), taking a hipper track than its famed uptown sibling: it specializes in a younger and more off-beat crop of artists, including photographers, painters and conceptual artists like Marilyn Minter, Katy Grannan, Laurie Simmons, Jules de Balincourt and Gerald Davis.