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The Lower East Side of NYC has historically been a working class home to various groups of immigrants until its recent gentrification. However, for the past 10 or 15 years the area has become one of the trendiest parts of the city offering a melting pot of art, culture and exquisite dining.
The Lower East side is commonly regarded as the area bounded by Houston St to the North, Canal St to the South, Bower to the West and the East River. It is just north of Chinatown, east of Nolita and south of the East Village.
Prior to the Revolutionary War, this was home to James Delancey’s farm, which is how Delancey and Orchard Streets came to be named. After the war was over, his land was confiscated due to his being a loyalist to the Crown.
As one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods, it has traditionally been on of the most ethnically diverse. It is best known perhaps as a center of Jewish culture as it was the city’s largest Jewish neighborhood in the early 1900’s. During the same time downtown Second Ave was known as “Yiddish Broadway.” This heritage is still reflected in the various shops along Hester, Essex and Grand Streets.
There are still a few well know Jewish destinations located here, including Katz’ Delicatessen and many historically significant synagogues still operate in the neighborhood. The local Tenement Museum helps to keep the area’s history intact by promoting tolerance and a historical perspective on the ‘immigrant experience.”
Many of the city’s hippest boutiques, hottest dining spots and exciting nightspots can now be found here and the area is a trend setting barometer for the rest of the city.
Famous residents who do or have called the Lower East Side home include: James Cagney, Bugsy Siegel, Lou Reed, Zero Mostel, Lady Gaga, George Gershwin and Fiorello LaGuardia.
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