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Picture of Lower East Side tenement apartment buildings in a row Tenement apartment buildings line the streets of the Lower East Side

When most people think of Manhattan, they think of the grand stores and fancy high-rises in Midtown and the Financial District. What most people don’t realize is that it’s often the smaller neighborhoods which offer the richness and diversity that has made New York City famous throughout the world. This is especially true for the Lower East Side, making it a premier destination spot for anyone looking for an authentic New York City experience.

Welcome to the Lower East Side of Manhattan

The Lower East Side was for many years a working class neighborhood, home to immigrants who left their mother shores for prosperity in America. As such it has hosted a diverse group of people and cultures, including Jews, Italians, Irish, Poles and Ukrainians, and was at one point even known as Little Germany. More recently it has been home to Puerto Rican and Dominican communities, though in the early 2000s it started to undergo rapid gentrification. It now features upscale boutiques and swanky restaurants. An historic neighborhood, it is best known for its cultural landmarks and lively late-night music scene.

The Lower East Side is generally bordered by East Houston Street to the north, Canal Street to the south, Bowery to the west, and the East River to the east. Due to a combination of forces, The National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the Lower East Side on its list of America’s Most Endangered Places. Nearby subway lines include the J, F, and M lines. Read the entire story here…»

 

Hello, this is David Hill with New York Habitat. In this video we will continue our  tour of the historic and diverse neighborhood called the Lower East Side.

This is the second half of our series on the Lower East Side.  If you haven’t yet watched the first half, you can find it watch it in with the Video Tour of the Lower East Part 1 blog article.

Video Tour of the Lower East Side, New York – Part 2(5:09)

The Lower East Side is located on the south-eastern side of Manhattan. The boundaries of this neighborhood are ever-changing like many New York City neighborhoods, but a rough outline is Houston Street to the north, the East River on the east, Canal Street to the south, and Bowery to the west. Read the entire story here…»

 

Hello, this is David Hill with New York Habitat.  Today I will take you around one of New York City’s  hip and historical neighborhoods, called the Lower East Side.

The name, Lower East Side, pretty much tells you that this neighborhood is located in the south-eastern part of Manhattan.  It’s roughly located between Houston Street to the north, the East River on the east, Canal Street to the south, and Bowery to the west.


Video Tour of the Lower East Side, New York – Part 1(5:59)

Keep in mind that the boundaries of this neighborhood are not exactly defined because this area is in constant change and renewal and often it’s hard to tell exactly where the Lower East side ends and where the adjacent neighborhoods start. Read the entire story here…»

 

Well I’m back with another New York neighborhood video tour. Today I’m going to show you yet another fascinating New York neighborhood, Chinatown, which stands proud as a small city within The City. So what makes Chinatown so special?  Let’s find out.

Chinatown is located on the East Side of Lower Manhattan, more or less between SoHo, the Lower East Side and the Financial District.  It’s constantly growing, over taking other neighborhoods and changing, but as of now it is roughly bordered by Broome Street to the North, Broadway to the West, Worth Street and East Broadway to the South, and Essex Street to the East.

Click above to watch this video: Video Tour of Chinatown, New York.(5:02)

Chatham Square:
What better place to start our tour of Chinatown than in Chatham Square.  Once a large open air market in the early 1800’s, it became a center for tattoo parlors, flophouses, and saloons in the mid 1800’s, but today has turned into a major intersection in Chinatown.   You’ll find the Kimlau Memorial Arch dedicated to Chinese Americans in the name of freedom and democracy. Read the entire story here…»

 

The Lower East Side has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York with the development of new apartment buildings, restaurants and clubs in the area. New York Habitat’s vacation rental team member Larry Buckles notes, “It has become like a SoHo of 20 years ago.” New York Habitat has seen a surge in the demand for rentals in the area and an increase in the number of accommodations there as well.

Apartments of the Lower East Side:

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The apartments on the Lower East Side are an interesting array of old tenement buildings, storefronts that were converted to apartments before the retail scene in the neighborhood became lively again, and newer low- and high-rise buildings. New York Habitat’s mix of apartments in the area is similarly unique with offerings from studios to two-bedrooms. Here are a few examples: