The Lower East Side was one of the first neighborhoods formed in New York City. Due to significant gentrification in the last decade or so, the demographics of the region has grown from what once was a predominantly Jewish neighborhood to the very artsy and hip community of today. Historically, the Lower East Side's housing stock consisted of tenements, however with recent gentrification, several luxury high-rise condo and rental buildings have sprung up. Today, the neighborhood has become extremely popular with young professionals and students looking to find an affordable apartment in one of the cheaper areas in Manhattan.
The Lower East Side area is made up of the following neighborhoods: East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Noho
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Adjacent Neighborhoods: East Village, Chinatown/Little Italy, NoHo
Population Density: Quite dense; over three times as densely populated as the city-wide average. The streets here are busy both day and night.