Lower East Side: Museums, Music, and Street Markets

The Lower East Side is a vibrant and constantly evolving New York City neighborhood bounded by the Bowery in the west, the East River in the east, 14th St. in the north and East Broadway in the south. As a cultural epicenter showcasing an array of galleries, shops, restaurants, and events, the Lower East Side's grit and grungy reputation have turned to a trendy neighborhood known for its lively nightlife and live music venues. Teeming with rich history mixed with a bit of punk, take a walking tour through the Tenement Museum, visit the Essex Street Market, an iconic culinary destination for over 75 years, or catch a band play at Bowery Ballroom. Walk along Bowery and discover the seven-story stack of glistening boxes that make up the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Best known these days for its exciting nightlife, check out the hip bars ranging from posh lounges to seedy dive bars.