Ahh the Lower East Side, one of the last but already gentrified, final frontiers of NYC. Long gone are the days of abandoned and burned down buildings and empty lots. One of the oldest neighborhoods of NYC (and very poor back then); today, it’s a live and vibrant area where the locals mix with the newly arrived implants. Where chic boutiques mix with local bodegas (Spanish for deli’s) and classy hotels like the Rivington, shares a street with 19th century tenement buildings.
Be sure to check the Tenement Museum on Orchard street. A building that hasn’t been touched since the late 19th/early 20th century to conserve the feel of how they lived back then.
Another local attraction is Katz deli, on E. Houston. A Jewish delicatessen with great sandwiches and other tasty treats since 1888.
A great area to discover on a NYC Downtown tour provided by Citysightsny. Who knows, you may even catch me walking my dog. 🙂