Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 30th 2011
The Lower East Side of New York City is a neighborhood in Manhattan and was once an immigrant working class neighborhood. It is now become one of the "hippest" places in the city. This part of New York has some of the oldest buildings and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed it on the list of American's Most Endangered Places. Upscale boutiques and trendy eateries are located in this area in some of the older buildings.
Schiller's Liquor Bar is one of the best bars in this section of New York City. This bar not only has some of the cheapest drink prices but they actually taste good too. The owner once remarked that the wines served at Schiller's are "cheap, decent and good". He even recommended the cheap one as they are very tasty. The prices range from $7 to $9 a glass. There is champagne that is priced at $315 a bottle making it their highest price drink.
If you are a fan of Led Zepplin or rock music be sure to visit the Physical Graffiti Building. This building was made famous as the cover of a 1975 Zepplin album. Later it was featured in a 1981 Rolling Stone's video. In early 2011 the building which was once a tenement was turned into a Zepplin themed tea shop named "Physical Graffi-Tea.
A trip to the Lower East Side would not be complete without a visit to the only 19th century home still intact, the Merchant's House Museum built in 1832. This house includes the original furnishings and belongings of the prosperous merchant seaman's family who owned the home. There are guided and self-guided tours and special exhibits and programs conducted at the house.
Some of the most diverse eating establishments can be found in the Lower East Side. Anything from soul food, Chinese, Middle Eastern and all types of coffee shops abound in this area. Whatever you crave and at any time of the day or night, you will find it here.
After sightseeing, dining and drinking you may find a need to relax. Visit the Thompkins Square Park. This 10 and ½ acre park has an area of quiet gardens with fountains as well as walking, skating, and jogging paths. An area especially for dogs and there owners is included in this park. This is a good people-watching park as well.