East Village and Lower East Side

Today this neighborhood continues to represent New York to the fullest extent. It remains a vast "melting pot" of nations, with all flavors are to be found. It exudes endless character and possesses a charm that you won't find outside of NYC.


Lower East Side

Orchard Street This street is the heart of the district. On Sunday's it is closed to traffic and an Outdoor Market takes place here attracting bargain-seekers in all shapes and forms.

Ludlow Street Just off Houston you will find a street with some of the trendiest; ecclectic bars in town. The night life is incredible and don't think you will escape before dawn, should you dare to venture down its path. Not for the faint hearted.


Lower East Side Tenement Museum
90 Orchard Street
Tel: 212-431 -0233
Open noon-5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm Sat, Sun

Internet Web Site: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
This museum features the lives of the immigrants who settled in this neighborhood and especially in the tenements.
The building is fully renovated and you will be able to visit re-created rooms giving a sense of the deplorable conditions in which the newly immigrants used to live.
The visit includes exhibitions, conferences and walking tours in the neighborhood.


Eldrige Street Synagogue
12 Eldridge Street
Tel: 212 219 - 0888
Open Mon-Thu by appt only

Built by Jewish immigrants from central Europe in 1887, it was the first house of worship. This synagogue built in a Roman, Gothic with a Moorish influence ( see the facade ) closed in the 1930s and fell into ruin. A few decades later, funds were raised in order to renovate this monument and today it is fully restored.






East Village

Between Houston and 14th Streets east of Broadway,the East Village used to be part of the Lower East Side where many immirants lived. These included Poles, Ukranians, Germans and Puerto Ricans The Ukrainian chuches, Italian pastry shops, Polish restaurants and Delicatessens today serve as a reminder of this past.

The East Village used to be the center of New York's counter culture in the 50s when the writers of the Beat Generation such as Jack Kerouac or William Burroughs came lived in this neighborhood. They were followed by hippies in the 60s and punks in the 70s.

Today, the East Village toward Second Avenue and Avenue A, represents a great New York scene, with ethnic boutiques, clothing shops, clubs, bars, bakeries and a large variety of ethnic restaurants.


To see

- Astor Place
- St Mark's Place
- Tompkins Square
- Colonnade Row


 

 

 

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