Bursting with energy at every turn, the Lower East Side is one of the most historic neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. Rooted in immigrant history, the bulk of European and Eastern European migration that occurred in the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century took place here, where the Tenement Museum remains one of the best ways to become acquainted with how early residents of the neighborhood lived.
The unique and eclectic mix of building styles--ranging from low- and high-rises to luxury and historic buildings--begins immediately upon entering the area via the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge, known as Two Bridges, itself a neighborhood that has also long been known for its immigrant population. With its historic district placed in the National Register of Historic Places, many of its oldest churches, such as Mariners Temple and St. James Church remain a preserved part of the district’s storied past.
While the LES has long been a hub for aspiring musicians and artists, the area has increasingly transformed its demographic as it welcomes a more affluent sect of residents with the advent of condos and luxury spaces.