Manhattan Landmarks-East Village/Lower East Side

East Village/Lower East Side

East Village/Lower East Side historic district consists of approximately 325 buildings located along Second Avenue and the adjacent side streets between East 2nd and East 7th Streets. Development in this area began in earnest during the 1830s, as single-family homes were built along 2nd Avenue. As the influx of immigrants increased by the 1850’s the neighborhood changed and many ‘pre-law’ tenements were built. The area became known as Kleindeutschland ‘little-Germany’ due to the large Germany population. By the 1890s the Germany population had relocated and it residences began referring to it as the Lower East Side. The neighborhood today has the remnants of it’s many reincarnations and occupants including Germans, Jews, Hispanic and several others. Designated October 9, 2012

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Title: manhattan-evillage-les

Borough: Manhattan

Historic District: East Village/Lower East Side

The East Village/Lower East Side is a 2013 Six To Celebrate neighborhood. HDC has been working with the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative to help them  protect and promote more of this vibrant neighborhood.

Keywords: rowhouse, tenements, fire escape

Description: Row of tenements

Image-Courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

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