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I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting NYC and for people living in NYC who never get out of their own zip code and who would like to explore a different part of NYC. Bruce shared lots of information on history, architecture, and the...More
Famous as a Jewish immigrant neighborhood at the turn of the Twentieth Century, it is changing rapidly as luxury apartment buildings spring up all around. However, there are still a number of restaurants, shops, and institutions which preserve memories of what once was in its...More
This part of lower Manhattan has gone through a big transition to a gentrified present, full of cool restaurants and bars, and more expensive apartments. But still a lot of traditional low income housing, so the old mix of immigrants is still present. A little...More
When I lived in Manhattan this is where I lived. I love going back to visit. It's such an interesting and vibrant part of the city. If you have time make sure to find your way to the Lower East side of Manhattan.
While New York City is home to a huge amount of well-known hot-spots, historic and cultural locations, it’s also chock full of lesser-known 'gems' that are equally fascinating and worth visiting. Plenty are congregated in the Lower East Side, which has a rich history as...More
The Lower East Side is a neighborhood boarded in the south and west by Chinatown, in the west by Nolita and in the north by the East Village. Historically, it was an area of working class immigrants. Today, you can find in this area many...More
Although at first we felt this area was a bit too cool for us, with too many hipsters and wannabe hipsters trying too hard to look cool, in the end we had a great time. Although Sunday morning at 6am is a bit scary with...More
Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where
many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
The Lower East Side is certainly safe. It's bustling now, with plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and so forth. Tompkins Square Park is no longer Drug Dealers' Heaven. There are little mini-parks here and there, and some... More
The Lower East Side is certainly safe. It's bustling now, with plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and so forth. Tompkins Square Park is no longer Drug Dealers' Heaven. There are little mini-parks here and there, and some cultural institutions for you to visit. The whole area is not yet fully gentrified, so there's still a genuine core of old neighborhood left. The old shops on Orchard Street have in some cases been replaced by trendier and more expensive ones, but now and again you will still find some bargains. If you're buying food, visit the Essex Street Market. Do NOT rent a car. Use buses and subways, the way true New Yorkers of all classes do. (Well, almost all classes, but practically everyone does use public transportation.) There are also buses. . Do not be afraid of the subway. It's not gorgeous, but it's fast and safe and you won't have to spend hours or lots of $$ trying to park a car.
The Lower East Side is completely safe, both to visit and to stay. I work there and never fear walking the streets. In the evening it can get a little crazy with all the restaurants and bars but this does not make it... More
The Lower East Side is completely safe, both to visit and to stay. I work there and never fear walking the streets. In the evening it can get a little crazy with all the restaurants and bars but this does not make it unsafe-just different and interesting. One big problem is local parking so it is best not to drive there but take public transportation. There are many reasonable hotels on the Lower East Side. There is also long term parking on Broome between Norfolk and Suffolk.