Lower East Side (LES) Neighborhood Guide

The Lower East Side in Manhattan is one of the greatest neighborhoods left in the city.  If you are looking for an in depth history look at the neighborhood we suggest the following posts on Manhattan Unlocked.  We are going to explore one of the best neighborhoods and provide aLower East Side Manhattan Neighborhood Guide.  For a quick history, stick with us and we will give you all the dirty details to keep you up to date and help you unlock some of the hidden gems in the neighborhood.  Gothamist has some quick history lessons as well.

Our favorite part of the LES is that it feels like the old New York.  It reminds us when there wasn’t a major chain on every corner or a high rise filled with luxury condos.

“A polyglot mix of immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries first found a foothold in the United States on the Lower East Side. From about 1880 to 1900, conditions in tenements were so dire that “as many as four or five families were routinely housed in apartments intended for one,” Luc Sante wrote in “Low Life” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991), a history of New York’s underclass.” from the NY Times coverage of the LES.

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