About the NeighborhoodOnce a maze of tenements, bakeries and bargain stores crowded along narrow little streets, the Lower East Side is still that—but with glassy hotels, celebrity-filled restaurants and secret cocktail bars filling the mix. Gritty one minute, it's shiny and beautiful the next. And though the same could be said for New York at large, the Lower East Side’s crumbling glamour is so appealing that it’s been knocked off the world over. But what no one can properly copy is the neighborhood’s New Yorky food, from Katz’s half-foot-high pastrami sandwiches to Russ & Daughters’ briney lox.
“Everybody ought to have a Lower East Side in their life.”
A guided tour of the New York of yore.
Bernard Tschumi’s blue build sits on Norfolk Street.
Fill up at Stanton Street’s original Meatball Shop.
Salmon roe doesn’t get tastier than at Russ and Daughters.
Yonah Shimmel’s has stuffed and fried knish since 1910.
People come from all over for Katz Delicatessen’s crunchy pickles.
The pastrami is piled high at Katz’s Delicatessen.
For bars and boutique hotels between former tenements.
Open fire hydrants equaled endless fun for 1920s downtown kids.
Beware the Lower East Side’s vigilant meter maids.