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.
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