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. Locals often refer to this area as simply ‘LES.’ Once serving as the historic "Gateway to America”, today this area of New York offers a cool arts and nightlife scene. The landscape of the Lower East Side is one of diversity. There are several distinctively modern high-rises, the ultra contemporary architecture of the New Museum, as well as many buildings and cultural centers representing several past decades’ worth of style.
The Lower East Side is one of Manhattan’s most eclectic neighborhoods. It is very well known for the slew of trendy bars and lounges, as well as its funky mix of trendy boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, cozy cafes, and chic restaurants. You can find offices to rent in both the high rises on the Lower East Side, as well as in some of the smaller, period buildings.
Entertainment And Dining Out
For both dining and entertainment, peruse the stalls at Essex Street Market. This market was established in the 1930s to replace the pushcarts that once graced these streets. You will find gourmet groceries, meats, and produce. Both Katz’s Delicatessen and Russ & Daughters offer authentic kosher food. On Saturdays the Hester Street Fair will allow you to sample the city’s foodie scene, offering many artisanal delights. The Mercury Lounge, Living Room, Cake Shop, and Arlene’s Grocery often have interesting live entertainment.
Lower East Side transportation options include the subway, bus and taxi. The M9 bus runs downtown on Essex Street, the M15 runs both downtown and uptown on Allen Street, the M103 travels along Bowery, and the M21 bus runs cross-town along Houston Street. There are two international airports within an hour of the Lower East Side. They are LaGuardia International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Flight offerings include regional and international flights to Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and other destinations.