Stretching from the East River to the Bowery, and from south of Houston Street to the Manhattan Bridge, this former home to city’s fabled tenements (haphazardly packed with lower-class immigrant families) has transitioned to a hip, desirable neighborhood. Today, the age-old mom-and-pop delicatessens blend well with the chic and the new. The low-rise tenements eclectically mix with high-rise hotels and luxury new developments. The trendy bars, upscale boutiques and performance spaces complement discount stores and art galleries. The economically revitalized Lower East Side is known for a culturally diverse, trend-setting community and vibrant nightlife. The area strongly attracts many a Big Apple dweller to its authentic New York experience.