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Get to know the Lower East Side

It’s often said that New York City feels “alive,” like a distinct character in a television show. Nowhere is this more true than the endlessly vital Lower East Side. While not everyone can tell you exactly where the corner of Ludlow and Rivington is, everyone will undoubtedly want to meet you there. The Lower East Side emits an undeniable energy, one bound to draw you in one way or another. Though its borders have shifted and been subject to a sketchbook’s worth of redrawing, today’s Lower East Side captures the best of the city — and not just because there will always be a delicious slice of pizza for you to eat, no matter the hour. There’s an alluring mix of old-meets-new: Irresistible prewar homes mingle with striking modern ones, and generations of residents form links in the community that has long been the neighborhood’s backbone.

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Lower East Side Commerce & Culture

All facets of New York City’s celebrated culture converge in the Lower East Side. Notable bars, restaurants, museums, music venues, delis; you name it, this neighborhood has got it. In particular, if you’re on the hunt for nightlife, the Lower East Side will be the time of your life. Whether you’re going to grab a few drinks with friends or searching for a spot to become a regular, you’ll find countless bars serving up beer, wine, cocktails, and sake. Food in the LES is similarly a fantastic voyage of unending tastes, from Sunday brunch to weeknight dinner to when you just need a little late-night assist. For a standout lesson in history, the Tenement Museum — housed in two remarkably preserved former tenement buildings — paints a rich picture of the everyday people, the Lower East Side residents who lived in these homes over centuries and helped literally and figuratively build this great city.

Featured Lower East Side listings

  • Featured | In contract
    Lower East Side

    504 Grand Street, E33, Manhattan, NY 10002

    • Co-op
    • 2 BD
    • 2 BA
    • 1170 Sq. Ft.
    Building presented by Corcoran
    Courtesy of Corcoran