Welcome to Lower East Side

The Lower East Side has a reputation for being ahead of the curve. Rowdy and spirited, LES takes the moniker “the city that never sleeps” as a challenge, and its music venues, bars and restaurants never fail to rise to the occasion.

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Attributes

live music, eclectic, affordable, for foodies, long time residents, artsy, limited transit options, walk-ups, great people watching, hip, dusk until dawn nightlife, vibrant, loud

LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

Commute Times
Columbus Circle 31m by train, 24m by car
Grand Central 26m by train, 18m by car
Union Square 22m by train, 9m by car
Wall Street 22m by train, 9m by car
Nearest Subways
  • f transit
  • m transit
  • j transit
Boundaries
East to West East River to Bowery
North to South E. Houston to South St.
Nearby Neighborhoods East Village, Nolita, Little Italy, Chinatown, Tribeca and the Financial District

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Lower east side:
A forward-thinking neighborhood with historic roots.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Lower East Side was known as a hub for European immigrants, as well as the center of Jewish life in New York City.

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What to expect:
Some of the best nightlife, dining, and entertainment in Manhattan.

In large part due to a booming bar and club scene, the Lower East Side is a great choice for Manhattanites who want to have the nightlife scene right outside their doorstep.
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The unpretentious, no-frills attitude of the Lower East Side draws people from all walks of life, contributing to the neighborhood’s unique and eclectic identity.
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The lifestyle:
Lounge during the day, dine at dusk, and party all night.

During the day, the Lower East Side is relatively quiet.
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It’s a perfect time to explore the many shops and boutiques hidden in pockets across the neighborhood.
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A pathway along the East River is a scenic option for walking, biking, and even fishing. From here, you can access great views of the Williamsburg Bridge.
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At dusk, the mood quickly picks up with activities that act as a prelude to late-night events. The LES is also known for its art scene, with smaller, contemporary galleries sprinkled across the neighborhood.
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Another staple of the entertainment scene in LES is live music. The neighborhood has been a powerhouse for rock, punk, folk, and rap for decades, and bars like Cake Shop, Pianos, and the Living Room host new, up-and-coming bands daily.
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You’ll also have no trouble indulging in your culinary curiosity in this neighborhood. Trendy restaurants like Beauty and Essex are popular for pre-clubbing meals, and smaller spots like Ivan Ramen, Mission Cantina, or Dirty French are so popular they inspire hours-long waits.
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Perhaps the most defining part of the neighborhood’s reputation is the nightlife scene, which draws partiers from across the boroughs.
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The neighborhood has a good mix of options that range from massive clubs to hole-in-the-wall dive bars.
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What not to expect:
A quiet, residential neighborhood close to transportation.

Couples who choose to raise children here might be thrown by the noise levels in the heart of the Lower East Side near Delancey Street.
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South of Grand Street is much quieter. With much of the action in the north, apartments closer to the Manhattan Bridge are more affordable (but farther away from public transportation).
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The market:
Affordable. Mainly pre-war walk-ups, but there are a few newer luxury high-rise buildings.

A handful of modern luxury high-rises have sprung up in recent years, but most apartments are pre-war walk-ups.
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As the neighborhood has gotten more popular in recent years prices have increased. Still, there are plenty of affordable options here relative to other neighborhoods downtown.
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You'll fall in love with:
The free-spirit tradition of this diverse, welcoming community.

Even though the Lower East Side is synonymous with the party scene, those who live in the neighborhood love it for its well-worn, homely touches of community.
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In the Lower East Side, it’s the small, personal touches that make this neighborhood a vibrant and exciting place to live.
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