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Unlike the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side, or LES, is a far more accessible
neighborhood for up-and-coming artists.
Home to many collaborative galleries and co-ops for artists, the Lower East Side’s art
scene stretches from galleries to street graffiti.
With a lower rent than Chelsea, there has been a steady increase in gallery presence
in the Lower East Side.
The Lower East Side is also home to the
Artists Alliance, Inc.
, a non-profit which supports emerging artists in the LES area.
Their gallery and project space, Cuchifritos, is an intimate space offering many unusual
and exciting group exhibitions.
The Lower East Side is primarily a home to contemporary art.
There you will find the
New Museum of Contemporary Art
on 235 Bowery.
Well-respected LES galleries such as
and On Stellar Rays are
in the New York art scene, offering edgy new programs and exhibitions.
each have branches in the neighborhood.
Walking around the neighborhood, you may recognize locations from Taxi Driver, PS
I Love You, RENT, Gossip Girl, When Harry Met Sally, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
The history of the Lower East Side is one of immigration and poverty.
In the 19th century, immigrants were Jewish, Italian, Irish, and more, and they all
squeezed into tiny tenement apartments with horrible working conditions.
Learn more at the
Tenement Museum on 103 Orchard
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