Lower East Side
Formerly known as a seedy neighborhood with gritty alleys and tenement-style buildings, the Lower East Side is now a nightlife hot spot and home to many restaurants, bars and shops. It's constantly teeming with life at all hours, and is a popular destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
The nightlife draws young, millennial crowds in with trendy bars, music venues, galleries and restaurants. You'll find stiletto-clad bar-hoppers traipsing around the same narrow streets that house the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, old-world fabric stores on Orchard Street, and traditional delis like Katz's Deli and Russ & Daughters cafe.
This neighborhood boasts an unpretentious, no-frills vibe marked by eclectic boutiques and hidden shops, as well as a lively and popular bar and restaurant scene.
Most well known for the slew of trendy bars that cropped up in the early 2000s, the Lower East Side (or LES as the locals call it), is also home to numerous chich restaurants, small boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, and cozy cafes. The popular is diverse with a mix of longtime residents, new-age hipsters and millennials, as well as students and young professionals.
Few other neighborhoods are as diverse in attractions and things to do as the LES. Hungry? Pop by Russ & Daughters or Katz's for the best lox and cream cheese bagel in town. (You get bonus points if you call the cream cheese "Schmear.") After you grab a bite, wander the neighborhood to experience the mulititude of shops and boutiques selling unique goods and hand-picked wares. If shopping isn't your thing, don't sweat it! Pop into one of the numerous art galleries or cafes for some culture and a snack.
Public Transit Galore
The LES is situationed on the bottom of Manhattan, right up agaisnt the East River and quite literally a hop, skip and jump away from Brooklyn. Enjoy easy access to the B & D trains on Grand Street, as well as a short walk to the 4, 5, and 6 trains on Spring st. You can also take a less-than-10-minute subway ride on the M or J train to Williamsburg, or the F train to Dumbo. If you're feeling particularly athletic, hop on a bike and bike across the Williamsburg Bridge. Pro-tip: Fuel up for the ride with a delicious treat from Doughnut Plant on Grand Street before you head out.