A notorious slum in the 19th century, the Lower East Side is now teeming with trendy restaurants, boutiques, vintage clothing stores and independent art galleries. The Bowery, once known for its flophouses and mission (the latter still serves New Yorkers in need), is the site of contemporary art hub the New Museum. While there's been a lot of new development in the area (and more planned over the next decade), and Chinatown now spills over the old neighbourhood boundaries, you can still find remnants of Jewish heritage, such as traditional deli Katz’s, old-school smoked-fish purveyor Russ & Daughters and the restored Eldridge Street Synagogue (also known as the Museum at Eldridge Street).
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