The Lower East Side is located along the East River, stretching from the Manhattan Bridge to 14th Street. Sometimes called LES and also ‘Loisaida’, in Spanglish, in recognition of its Puerto Rican heritage.
Long inhabited by a population of German and Jewish immigrants, the Lower East Side neighbourhood is characterised by the diversity of its population that also includes many of Chinese and Latino descent. In recent years, a young crowd has rediscovered the Lower East Side and many restaurants and shops have sprung up, especially along Clinton Street.
Also worth visiting: Orchard Street – one of the best places to go shopping; Delancey Street – one of Manhattan’s main roads which leads to the Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn; Essex Street Market – this market, housing vendors specialising in a wide range of gastronomic produce, is essential visiting; finally there is East River Park with its 57 hectares along the water’s edge.