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This energetic and youthful neighborhood is a playground with singles.
Studio / 1 BR
37% Complete
2 Bedrooms
49% Complete
3 Bedrooms
69% Complete
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete

Good For
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students


What's around
  • 531 Restaurants
  • 82 Grocery stores/markets
  • 22 Banks
  • 180 Nightlife options
  • 79 Fitness options
  • 737 Shops




The Lower East Side has an average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for New York City.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Lower East Side LIKE?

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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

Lower East Side Neighborhood Photo


Local Flavor   Lower East Side LOCAL schools

Beth Jacob Parochial School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.06 mi
Ps 142 Amalia Castro
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.11 mi
Manhattan Charter School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.11 mi
Ps 140 Nathan Straus
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.19 mi
Ps 134 Henrietta Szold
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.22 mi


Local Flavor   Lower East Side Local Flavor

Hotel on Rivington
Hotel on Rivington 107 RIVINGTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

A sleek, ultra hip hotel with killer views and a buzzing nightlife.

Clinton Street Baking Co.
Clinton Street Baking Co. 4 CLINTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

In the morning this place smells like blueberry muffins and fresh ground coffee; in the evening, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Expect a line.

Arlene's Grocery
Arlene's Grocery 95 STANTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

An iconic, divey music venue that brings in upstart bands and well-known musical acts.

Katz's Deli
Katz's Deli 205 E HOUSTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

One of New York's great remaining Jewish delis, Katz's spares on the decor to focus on the food. The sandwiches are enormous.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side Tenement Museum 103 ORCHARD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

This engaging museum tells the story of American immigrant families through a historic tenement building.

The Stanton Social
The Stanton Social 99 STANTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

A hip restaurant and lounge, even by LES standards. Try the pierogies.

New Museum
New Museum 235 BOWERY, NEW YORK, NY 10002 MAP

Housed in a building that pops out among the brick buildings around it, this is NYC's only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Photo Credits: Thanks to @artwellguide, @manuzilla, @inthelionsear, @broadwayshowfoods, @mari_world_, and @sinekarlshog for your great photos of this neighborhood! 


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