|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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Astor Place
- St Mark's Place