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.
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 officer or detective, learning the shocking truth behind New York’s organized crime rings, white collar swindlers and modern scandals. Together you’ll visit traditional hotbeds of NYC crime like Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and a more recent addition to the list of New York’s most notorious; Wall Street. In these classic neighborhoods you’ll learn how the city shaped and was shaped by organized crime. This is the perfect experience for anyone with an interest in true crime, storytelling or the turbulent history of America’s greatest 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.
See New York City sparkle on an evening panoramic tour of the city lights. See the Empire State Building, Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Rockefeller Center and more aboard a double-decker bus for unbeatable views of the glittering Manhattan skyline. This is the perfect way to rest your feet after a full day of sightseeing and start your night out on the town.
Lena Dunham's NYC-based dramedy goes local—all over town. Here's a short list of where the girls of Girls went during season one.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This sleek gallery, co-owned by Jack Spade founder Andy Spade, art world powerhouse Bill Powers and author James Frey, specializes in hip work that straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design—previous shows have featured work by Matt Damhave, co-founder of avant-garde fashion house Imitation of Christ; images of melting candles by Swedish photographer Hanna Liden; and text-based collages by actor Leo Fitzpatrick.