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Lower East Side apartments embody the diversity of the neighborhood's history. For prospective NY apartment renters and buyers, Manhattan's Lower East Side offers a great opportunity to join a neighborhood in the midst of huge turnaround. Like large swaths of New York City, the Lower East Side became a grim and dangerous place in the 1960s and '70s. However, today, gentrification has come to this area and the Lower East Side has experienced a healthy, nondestructive renewal process. The variety of apartments range from pre-war-and, sometimes century-old-walk-ups to contemporary luxury doorman buildings. This neighborhood is roughly bounded Allen Street and the East River, and below East Houston Street. The prices of Lower East Side apartments tend to be more modset than those found in neighborhingEast Village, NoLita, or even Chinatown. Lower East Side real estate has a notably rich history: from the late 19th through the early 20thcenturies, the Lower East Side apartments were America's first homes for literally millions of immigrants. Many tenement builings have been remodeled, but the excellent Lower East Side Tenement Museum gives tours of historically-recreated Lower East Side apartments, focusing on family life in the early part of the last century.
Here, old and new worlds meet. Several historic landmarks can be found side by side with upscale shops, trendy restaurants and some newly resurgent cultural institutions such as art galleries, theatres, and the recently built New Museum, with its focus on cutting-edge, contemporary art, on the neighborhood's Western edge. One of the great Lower East Side traditions is bargain shopping on Orchard Street, especially on Sunday afternoons, when blocks between East Houston and Delancey Streets become vehicle-free pedestrian zones, and merchants bring their wares--from vintage clothing, funky furniture, luggage, boots and bags--onto the streets. There are dozens of outstanding restaurants and food shops around too, from the raucous Schiller's Liquor Bar and the renowned wd-50 to the legendary Katz's Delicatessen, and Russ and Daughters. Other favorites include Economy Candy and Guss' Pickles, to the brilliant il laboratorio del gelato and the home of the best cupcakes in town, Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery. The best news: despite all the gentrification and influx of hot-spot restaurants and boutiques, Lower East Side apartments retain the friendly communal ambiance it has been known for throughout its historic past.

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  • Chancellor's Model School Proj
  • Jhs 22 G. Straubenmuller Jhs
  • Jhs 56 Corlears Jhs
  • Leadership Secondary School
  • Lower East Side Prep School
  • Ny Settlement School
  • Ps 110 Florence Nightingale Sc
  • Ps 134 Henrietta Szold School
  • Ps 137 John L. Bernstein Schoo
  • Ps 140 Nathan Straus School
  • Ps 142 Amalia Castro School
  • Ps 196 Island School
  • Ps 20 Anna Silver School
  • Ps 2 Meyer London School
  • Ps 94
  • Ps 97 Mangin School


  • Abc Playground
  • Ahearn Park
  • Allen Mall One
  • Baruch Playground
  • Captain Jacob Joseph Playground
  • Cherry Clinton Playground
  • Children's Magical Garden
  • Community Of Poor People In Action
  • Corlears Hook Park
  • East River Park
  • Hamilton Fish Park
  • Henry M. Jackson Playground
  • Lillian D Wald Playground
  • Little Flower Playground
  • Luther Gulick Playground
  • Nathan Straus Playground
  • Pier 42
  • Schiff Mall
  • Seward Park
  • Sidney Hillman Playground
  • Sol Lain Plgd
  • Straus Square
  • Vladeck Park

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