The State Historic Preservation Office voted unanimously to add a narrow triangle of Chinatown and Little Italy as an historic district in 2010. These two ethnic communities are some of the most visited neighborhoods among tourists and locals. The area is buzzing with energy all year around. Famous for its authentic Italian and Chinese restaurants, The San Gennaro feast, Chinese New Year festival, vibrant open air fish and fruit markets, small shops and masses of street vendors.
Little Italy runs from Canal Street north to East Houston St. & from Mulberry to Mott Streets and Bowery to Lafayette Street. Chinatown runs from Canal to Worth Streets and the Bowery to Church. Chinatown is home to more than 150,000 immigrants from all over Asia. Parts of what was the original Little Italy have made way for the ever expanding Chinatown community.
The Lower Eastside sits in the Southeastern part of Manhattan roughly bounded by Houston Street, Division Street, the East River and Bowery Street. The Lower East Side is home to a variety of cultures and peoples of many different interests ranging from designers, writers, professionals, musicians & artists. With its bargain stores, funky new nightspots, varied ethnic restaurants and music venues, this neighborhood has something for everyone.
Amazing rental deals, many of them in walk-up buildings are available if you are lucky enough to know of them. In addition, there are some lofts that are great bargains compared with their neighbors in TriBeCa and SoHo.