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Lower East Side neighborhood guide

New York's Lower East Side is prime shopping, drinking and dining territory, but which places stand out?

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Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side

Once a notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary slum, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Most of the bargain-clothing stores and pickle vendors have given way to indie boutiques and some of the best restaurants in NYC, though there are a few cherished survivors of the former Jewish stronghold, including venerable smoked-fish purveyors Russ & Daughters and pastrami legend Katz’s Delicatessen. The Tenement Museum keeps the neighborhood’s history alive in a series of restored apartments visited via themed guided tours, but most of the area’s cultural draws are contemporary including the numerous art galleries on the LES.

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lizzie b
lizzie b

Visit www.bohemianrock.com for tips on LES

Sui P
Sui P

Also home to some pretty swanky hair and beauty salons - you can book almost any appointment online with local business LookBooker (www.lookbooker.co)