The Lower East Side has an average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for New York City.
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Located in lower Manhattan, the Lower East Side (LES) neighborhood was once full of tenement housing crammed with new European immigrants; today it's a vibrant dining and nightlife hub full of restaurants, bars, and music venues. On a weekend night its streets teem with people in their 20s and 30s from all parts of the city.
Complementing the busy nightlife, there is a lot happening during the day as well. The LES has hundreds of restaurants and cafes, dozens of clothing stores, and over 100 art galleries.
Countering the buzz of the neighborhood's core, you can find quieter spots closer to the river.
The population is a mix of old and new. Long-time Chinese, Latino, and Jewish residents now share the space with young professionals and families. The old tenements are now walk-up apartments. The influx of new residents with money has also brought in development of shiny new condos, including the well-known "Blue Condo" building and 100 Norfolk developments.
The Lower East Side is bordered on the north by the East Village, on the east by the East River, on the south by Two Bridges, and on the west by Chinatown and Bowery.
Wall Street: 1.5 miles / 5-15 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 4 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 8 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
A sleek, ultra hip hotel with killer views and a buzzing nightlife.
In the morning this place smells like blueberry muffins and fresh ground coffee; in the evening, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Expect a line.
An iconic, divey music venue that brings in upstart bands and well-known musical acts.
One of New York's great remaining Jewish delis, Katz's spares on the decor to focus on the food. The sandwiches are enormous.
This engaging museum tells the story of American immigrant families through a historic tenement building.
A hip restaurant and lounge, even by LES standards. Try the pierogies.
Housed in a building that pops out among the brick buildings around it, this is NYC's only dedicated contemporary art museum.
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