Population density 66,230 people per square mile

Number of schools 34

Cost of living index 137

Life expectancy 81 years

Livability score 70 very livable

Median Age: 39         

Overall Safety Rank 48

Moving To The Lower East Side
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General Information  

Bordered by Alphabet City, East Village, Little Italy, Noho, Soho, Nolita, and Chinatown, this trendy and captivating Manhattan’s neighborhood attracts thousands of young people to the area. The Lower East Side offers its residents and visitors to enjoy the real lifestyle of “the city that never sleeps”. Check some of the best restaurants in New York. At the same time, the LES feels like a village and the world seems a bit smaller, as streets are pretty quiet during the day. They say Sunday is the best weekend day to visit the Lower East Side.

Back at the beginning of the twentieth century, the LES was known the center of Jewish life in New York, as well as a hub for thousands of European immigrants. As for today, there are plenty of long-time residents welcoming the younger generation. The neighborhood’s population continues to grow every day.

Going Out

Moving To The Lower East Side
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One of the most common nightlife destinations offers a wide variety of posh restaurants, bars, lounges, cozy cafes, and great clubs will let you party till the break of dawn. The LES is full of amazing dining and drinking options, such as Essex, the Fat Radish, Clinton Street Baking Company, or Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle, Azasu, and Fung Tu. Copper & Oak, PKNY, Loreley, Mission Chinese Food, Kiki’s.

In case you’re interested in art, the vivid neighborhood is home to plenty of art galleries: Canada, Lehmann Maupin, Mayson Gallery, Bosi Contemporary, Lisa Cooley, Sperone Westwater,  Invisible Exports, etc. Another peculiarity of the neighborhood is its live music. There are plenty of bands to listen to every night.

You can also spend your weekend at The New Museum, the main cultural hub, The Tenement Museum, and The Museum at Eldridge Street You can also spend a free evening at the Anthology Film Archives, or the Sunshine Cinema. Moving to the Lower East Side, you will be able to spend some time outside and enjoy the pathway along the East River. You can walk, bike, or even fish there. The East River Park will give you a chance to play football, soccer, or baseball, as well as enjoy public performances in the amphitheater. As you can see, the LES has tons of activities that fit any taste.

Rental Market

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Moving to the Lower East Side, you will most probably find an apartment in one of the buildings with the iconic fire escapes. The Median rent in the Lower East Side is $2,075, while the median sales price is $1,312,000. As for August 1, there are a bit more than106 listings with one-bedroom apartments in the Lower East Side. Rentals rise from $2,500. If you move to the LES, a Studio can cost you from $2,300. However, the number of Studios is pretty limited. If you’re looking for a two-bedroom place, be ready to face rental prices starting from $3,300 per month.


A convenient commute is another crucial point contributing to the neighborhood’s popularity. A trip to the Wall Street or Financial District will take 15 minutes by subway. Meanwhile, a trip to LaGuardia airport can take only 20 minutes by cab in case there’s no traffic, and 30 minutes to JFK airport under the same circumstances.

Take the B or D train to get to Grand, and F to reach 2nd Avenue. The F train will also take you to East Broadway; J or Z to Bowery. If you need to get to the Wall Street, it may take you 22 minutes by train, and 9 minutes by car.

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