Manhattan’s Lower East Side “Loisaida” is a legendary immigrant neighborhood that is becoming a hip art and night club district.
Lower East Side tenements were the first New York homes for generations of immigrant families. It was once New York City’s “Little Germany.” It became a legendary Jewish community. It’s become a Puerto Rican and Dominican neighborhood and is now gentrifying.
Of all of Manhattan, the Lower East Side retains some of the feel of anything-goes 1970s New York City. It’s mostly visual now in terms of art and graffiti. The New Museum changed the neighborhood completely.
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The Nuyorican Poets Cafe was one of the centers of the Nuyorican literary movement of the 1970s. Today it serves all communities.
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“Loisaida” is the Puerto Rican name for the neighborhood. It comes from a poem by Nuyorican pioneer Bimbo Rivas.
The Lower East Side used to run up to 14th St. Above Houston St, it was rebranded as the “East Village” in the 1960s. This was partly due to the development of New York City’s contemporary art community which began in SoHo and moved up to Greenwich Village, then moved east into the Lower East Side.
The Manhattan street grid has twelve avenues running north and south on the island. The bump on Lower Manhattan’s East Side is filled with Avenues A through D in the Lower East Side and East Village.
It was rough in the 1970s and kept getting rougher as you headed east. Avenue A was edgy. Avenue B was edgier. Avenue C was hard core and Avenue D was dangerous. It’s all changed now, but that’s how it was.