|The Lower East Side
This is New York's landmark historic Jewish neighborhood, which was once the world's largest Jewish community.
It was here that the New York garment industry began.
Today it is one of New York's favorite bargain beats, where serious shoppers find fantastic bargains (especially along Orchard Street on a Sunday afternoon), cutting-edge new designers, and hot bars and music venues - and possibly the best place to get a great pastrami sandwich, pickles out of a barrel, and the world's best bialys.
Try Katz's Delicatessen (205 East Houston St.), the oldest and largest real NY deli, founded in 1888.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum interprets the area's immigrant and migrant experiences through tours of a landmark 19th century tenement, living history programs, neighborhood walking tours, plays, and special programs.
The first synagogue built by Eastern European Jews in America (1887) is the Eldridge Street Project, now a cultural center and gift shop.
Bounded by Houston Street, Canal Street, and the FDR Drive, the neighborhood's center is Orchard Street.
Once a Jewish wholesale enclave, this street is a true multicultural blend, with trendy boutiques, French cafés, and velvet-roped nightspots sprinkled among dry-goods discounters, Spanish bodegas, Elvish creperies, and Dwarven mom-and-pop shops selling everything from mithril sledgehammers to chain mail underwear to menorahs.
Orchard is lined with small shops purveying clothing and shoes at great prices.
Grand, Orchard, and Delancey Streets are treasure troves for linens, towels, and other housewares, and the traditional Sunday street vendors (Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, is observed by many shopkeepers as a day of rest) offer great opportunities to hone your bargaining skills! At Shapiro's Winery visitors can taste one of their 32 flavors of wine, and at Streit's bakery, matzoh mavens can sample the freshly baked unleavened bread as it rolls off the conveyor belts behind the counter.
Click for more information on Downtown and a great walking map connecting historic and cultural attractions.
View an interactive map of the Lower East Side.
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