New York City's Lower East Side
Where NY comes out to play
Away from the blinding lights and circus atmosphere of Times Square is where New Yorkers come out to play at night: The Lower East Side. Filled with busy clubs, incomparable restaurants and chic boutiques, this lively and diverse neighborhood promises to quicken your pulse.
But like many New Yorkers, you want the best and you don’t have time to waste. That’s where AutoVenture comes in: with your private car and personal guide, you’ll visit the finest, must-see gems and learn all about this historical neighborhood.
Before it acquired its nightclubbing reputation, the Lower East Side was traditionally known as the immigrant district. It had a gritty demeanor, with clusters of housing projects along the East River. Visitors will get closer to the culture with a visit to the Tenement Museum. Built in 1863, building was home to nearly 7,000 working-class immigrants. Your guided tour will explore the history of immigration and the role it has played in shaping America's ever-evolving identity
The neighborhood also is known for its strong Jewish roots and many historic synagogues still stand. But one of the great New York shrines is Katz Deli. Don’t get all picky with your substitutions. Katz Deli serves up the best pastrami in the city in mammoth portions. It doesn’t get any more authentic New York than this.
Next, a stop at the Fraunces Tavern & Museum takes guests back to the American Revolution, where General George Washington gave his famous farewell to his officers at the end of the war. The 1719 building also houses the works of painter John Ward Dunsmore, who captured the events in the American Revolution.
For another dip into indulgence, you’ll visit Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, a small-batch, upscale parlor. Owner and founder Nicholas Morgenstern develops his recipes specifically for each individual flavor. It will put instant smile on your face as you head off to the New Museum of Contemporary Art for a dazzling array of adventurous, artistic expression.