Very few places in the world are as eclectic and captivating as Manhattan's Lower East Side. Charming and lively, the Lower East Side lures you in with its ultra-hip image and distinct connection to the island's vibrant past. It's where the old world meets the new, with Katz's Deli, Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery and historic places of worship mingled with avant-garde bistros, swanky boutique hotels and the city's hottest nightlife. Explore the scene on Ludlow Street, where the Velvet Underground once lived, and you'll find today all in one place incredible designer clothes, dance clubs, galleries, bars, bodegas and international cafes. Or discover Orchard Street just steps away with its great discount shopping district.
Romanesque and Gothic revival buildings stand alongside tenement-style walk-ups and the occasional glass-and-steel modern high-rise on the LES. The Lower East Side is bordered by Houston Street (pronounced HOW-ston) to the north and roughly runs west to Eldridge, south to Canal Street and East to the East River Park. Though mostly populated by narrow streets, the Lower East Side's main thoroughfare is Delancey Street. There are also three parks that hint at what was once the Delancey farmland, with a cherry grove after which Orchard Street was named. This southeastern neighborhood is reached by the J, M, B, D and F subway and several bus lines, and is the gateway to the Williamsburg Bridge.