Living in the Lower East Side, Manhattan

The Lower East Side is even more of a hipster mecca than Williamsburg and it is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. the neighborhood’s borders run from East Houston Street to the Manhattan Bridge and from the East river to the Bowery. once an area known as being largely Jewish, the Lower East Side is now home to galleries, upscale boutiques and armies of hipsters. it is one of the few areas of Manhattan that retains a certain level of grittiness.

Moving to the Lower East Side means cheaper rent than in many other areas of Manhattan. most of the buildings are tenement-style, pre-war structures but more recently there have been plenty of new luxury buildings popping up to cater to the rich people moving into this area. the older buildings are usually walk-ups meaning there is no elevator so bring your walking shoes. the streets here are noisy and the area is always busy and bustling with life and Chinatown spills into the neighborhood too which offers an interesting compliment.

There are lots of artist types and plenty of people posing as artist types. You still haves Spanish families with their kids milling about which adds an authentic feel to the neighborhood. Some young yuppies are moving in too, but it’s hard to tell because they dress like the artists. so the people here are creative, young, fresh ideas kind of crowd (although it’s starting to feel manufactured). Uptown people come here during the weekends so it becomes more conventional as the week ends, but when Monday rolls around, you’ll see plenty of people with those trendy metal studded belts and girls in vintage dresses with slipper shoes on. if you want to be around creative people in Manhattan then living in the Lower East Side is one of the few options left.

This area is full of characters and you will probably find yourself being talked at by strangers during even a brief walk around the area. It’s charming and the people are generally friendly but be aware of your surroundings, especially at night on quiet streets. Other streets have so much going on that the only thing you have to worry about is the screaming drunk falling on you. On a scale of 10 (10 being the safest), I’d give it a 7. for the most part people will leave you alone.

The nightlife in the Lower East Side is one of the area’s biggest draws. There are loads of places with live music on offer and lots of bands started out here. Bowery Ballroom, Arlene’s Grocery, and Pianos are a few good choices for some live entertainment. There are lots of fringe type shows in this area as well as some interesting bars.

The area is a bit left out as far as transportation goes with only one stop on the F/V subway line crossing through the neighborhood. Overall, the Lower East Side is a fantastic place to live, especially if you want a taste of trendy, new York life.

Living in the Lower East Side, Manhattan


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