Lower East Side Overview: The Lower East Side is Manhattan’s most eclectic grit-meets-glam neighborhood. Probably best known for the slew of trendy bars and lounges that sprung up in the early 2000’s (most of which remain alive and well), the Lower East Side also has a funky mix of trendy boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, cozy cafes, and chic restaurants.
With longtime residents and first-generation hipsters welcoming a new wave of students and young professionals to the area, the diverse population continues to grow.
Lower East Side Boundaries:The Lower East Side stretches east from the Bowery to the East River Park. It is bordered on the north by Houston Street and the south by Canal Street and East Broadway.
Lower East Side Transportation:
- Subway: B,D to Grand; F,V to 2nd Avenue; J,M to Bowery; 6 to Broadway/Lafayette
- Bus: The M9 runs downtown on Essex Street. The M15 runs both downtown and uptown on Allen Street. The M103 travels along Bowery, and the M21 runs cross-town along Houston Street.
Lower East Side Apartments and Real Estate:Available units in the area mostly include five-to-six story pre-war renovated walkups. Look skywards, however, and discover new high-rise apartments and condos alongside these century-old tenement buildings.
- To Rent: Studio/1-Bedroom, $900-$2,195+. 2-Bedroom, $1,900-$4,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $2,800-$6,000+.
- To Buy: Studio/1-Bedroom, $300K-$1.5M. 2-Bedroom, $600K-$2.4M+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $900K-$3.5M+.
Lower East Side Schools:
- P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale School
- P.S. 2 Meyer London School
- Lower East Side Preparatory High School
- Corlears Junior High School
- New Design High School
Lower East Side Essentials:
- 24-Hour ATMs:
- Happiness Deli, 101 Delancey Street
- Chase Manhattan, 109 Delancey Street
- Washington Mutual, 104 Delancey Street
- Pitt Office, 185 Clinton Street, between Grand and East Broadway
- Knickerbocker Station, 168 E Broadway at Rutgers Street
7th Precinct, 19 ½ Pitt Street at Delancey Street 212-477-7311
- Duane Reade, 100 Delancey Street (at Ludlow)
- RX Plus, 289 Grand Street (at Eldridge)
For chips, soda, and sandwiches, there are bodegas and delis located on almost every corner. For fresh and affordable farmstand produce, seafood, meats, baked goods, and bulk-food items, visit the Essex Street Market (Essex Street between Delancey and Rivington), open daily from 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.
Key Foods, a supermarket that rivals Gristedes and Food Emporium, is a short walk across Houston Street in the lower East Village. It is located on 4th Street and Avenue A.
Lower East Side Nightlife: The area in and around Essex, Clinton, Stanton, and Rivington Streets have enough bars, lounges, and clubs to keep you moving all night. If dancing is your thing, check out Sapphire Lounge and Element, and as far as dive bars and pubs go, Whiskey Ward, Lolita, and Essex Street Ale House are local favorites. To join the faux-hawk and sunglasses scene, stop by Fat Baby, The Living Room, and R Bar.
Lower East Side Restaurants:
Explore the neighborhood and find a wide variety of food establishments, from top-rated Manhattan restaurants and international eateries to scrumptious sandwich shops and local diners. To sample a wide variety of Italian and South American fare, stop by The Orchard, a popular Lower East Side choice for both lunch and dinner.
For post-bar crawl munchies, make sure to check out Rosario’s Pizza at 173 Orchard for cheap and delicious late-night pizza.
If you’re a morning person, the Clinton Street Baking Company (Clinton Street between Stanton and Houston) is a popular spot for Sunday brunch. Tables fill up fast, so make reservations or be prepared to wait up to an hour and a half.
Lower East Side Parks and Recreation:
The East River Park stretches along the East River from Montgomery Street to 12th Street and has football, soccer, and baseball fields, a full-size track, and an amphitheater, which is used for public performances.
Sara Roosevelt Park, located between Chrystie and Forsynth Streets, stretches from Canal Street to Houston Street and has several basketball courts, soccer fields, and small community gardens.
Lower East Side Landmarks and History:
At the turn of the century, the Lower East Side was Manhattan’s largest Jewish neighborhood. In 1915, 60% of the neighborhood’s population – just over 320,000 people – was Jewish. Even though today’s Jewish population has more than dwindled with gentrification and the spread of Chinatown northwards, establishments such as Katz’s Delicatessen and the Eldridge Street Synagogue recall the area’s Jewish heritage.
The Lower East Side was also one of the most densely-populated working-class and immigrant settlement districts in Manhattan. If you’re feeling a little cramped in your apartment, a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on 97 Orchard Street will make your 400 square-foot studio seem much more spacious. The museum offers daily tours of early twentieth-century tenements, where well-informed guides give you the scoop about the history of the buildings and thousands of people who lived and worked in them.
Lower East Side By The Numbers:
- Zip Code: 10002
- Population: 89,880
- Median Age: 38
- Average Household Income: $38,293