Lower East Side

Lower East Side

New York, New York Homes for Sale

About Lower East Side

The Lower East Side is like the cooler older sibling you’re always texting for recommendations. It’s easygoing, no-frills, and lots of fun. What was once a chiefly Jewish immigrant population has evolved into a robust center for commerce and art. New high rises punctuate pre-war buildings, all next to The Tenement Museum, where original living structures have been preserved for viewing. As recent popularity has grown, the neighborhood remains accessible, making it the best-case scenario for residents and visitors alike.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $445,000 to $11,950,000

Closed Prices: $26,125 to $6,250,000

Median Sale Price: $1,190,250

Average $ per sq ft: $1623

Association Fee Ranges:

Around Lower East Side

A handful of luxury buildings have sprung up over the past decade, but most buildings in the neighborhood are pre-war or walk-ups. Apartments farther to the east offer views of the water, access to Corlears Hook, and some distance from nightlife, but also mean longer walks to the train. The main throughways of Grand, Broome, and Delancey are ideal for those looking to step out of their apartments into the best of New York City nightlife.

The Lower East Side should be a destination for anyone visiting New York looking to sample the best the city has to offer. Traditional staples are done right here—lox from Russ & Daughters, pastrami from Katz’s Deli, Neapolitan-style pizza from Una Pizza Napoletana. But there’s also room for innovation and the avant-garde, like Contra, an experimental American spot, or Davelle for amazing Japanese fare.

A true mix of commercial and residential buildings, the Lower East Side gives off a no-frills vibe most people think of about Lower Manhattan. It’s a diverse community that blends the old with the new. During the day, the neighborhood is relatively quiet, making it ripe for exploring. A pathway along the East River was made for just that, with views of Brooklyn and the East River. Seward Park is really the only other burst of green you’ll find in the Lower East Side.

Experiencing the Lower East Side on a Friday night is key to an honest impression of how fantastic the neighborhood can be. Start with a glass of natural wine at The Ten Bells. Then slip into a gallery on Broome Street before closing to catch some inspiration. See a late show at Metrograph, an arthouse cinema/restaurant or go dancing at Kind Regards or Attaboy. If it gets late enough, Forgetmenot and 169 Bar are prime for throwback hits and last rounds.

You have two options: sleep in like the rest of the neighborhood, trudge to your local bagel spot and then back to your apartment, or wake up early to a neighborhood all to yourself. Grab breakfast at Cafe Grumpy and make your way through downtown on a walking tour of a sleeping city. End up at the Grand Street basketball courts in the afternoon to catch locals playing a few pickup games. Make a reservation at any of the new spots opening on Canal or Division Street or opt for one of the neighborhood staples like Dimes or Kikis.

The F, M, and J trains are about a 25-minute commute to hubs like Wall Street or Midtown. Owning a car is a nightmare due to limited street parking so many residents opt for biking, either on their own two wheels or renting from Citibikes. Walking is made even more enjoyable by people watching and the fact that most outings can easily accommodate a stop at a local bakery or coffee shop.

Locals Love

  • Variety of restaurants
  • Live music and dancing options
  • Public transit options

Locals Don't Love

  • Fast-paced environment
  • Limited greenspace
  • Crowds and traffic

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