This website was created by Lower East Siders who were born and raised here. We didn’t move here two, five or ten years ago and claim to be Lower East Siders. We’ve lived here for many decades and are deeply embedded through multiple generations. Our parents lived here. Our grandparents lived here. Our great grandparents lived here. We go way back. We’ve seen the Lower East Side morph from the rough-and-tumble days when gangs roamed the streets, when drugs, prostitution, and crime were rampant, when barely a bar or restaurant existed, to the now thriving mega-cultural center that it is today. Currently, there are about 150 art galleries, 450 bars and restaurants and well over 1,400 businesses combined, located in ground floor retail locations of the Lower East Side, with much more in above and below-ground commercial spaces. Many of these businesses are owned and operated by, and employ, residents who live here or nearby.
It is our goal at LowerEastSide.com to provide you with as much useful information, timely and accurate news reporting and as many general interest stories as possible. And we want you to come back often, not only to read our posts but to share and contribute your own information, opinions, comments, reviews, and suggestions. We’d like to hear what you have to say and we welcome anything that would be of interest to our readers, subscribers, sponsors and advertisers as well as anything that could potentially make the Lower East Side a better place to live, work, eat, shop and play. We’d also like to hear your news tips and leads which can be submitted by clicking the words “Submit Tips” near the top of the page. The Lower East Side is a pretty big place and we can’t be everywhere at once, so we welcome the extra sets of eyes and ears on the street.