Combine your visit to the Museum at Eldridge Street with other historic, cultural and culinary attractions in our neighborhood.
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We are located at the intersection of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, one of New York City’s most dynamic areas. Our neighborhood has been first home for many Americans, from the Irish, Italian and East European immigrants of a century ago to the Chinese, East Asian and Latino communities of today. New shops and eateries, and a burgeoning artistic presence, continue to enliven the area.

For a list of restaurants, shops and other businesses in the area, visit the Lower East Side Business Improvement District’s website.

Restaurants & Food

Shalom Chai Pizza
357 Grand, off Clinton
Shalom Chai is a popular hang-out for the Orthodox Jewish community living in the area. Stop in to chat with the old-timers and to enjoy a quick slice.
KOSHER. Approx. 15 minute walk.

Kossar’s Bialys
367 Grand, between Suffolk and Clinton
Kossar’s has been handcrafting its prizewinning bialys along with bulkas, pletzels and sesame sticks for over 65 years.
KOSHER. Approx. 15 minute walk.

The Pickle Guys
49 Essex, between Grand and Hester
Essex Street used to be the pickle capital of the United States. Today The Pickle Guys is carrying on this eastern European tradition, filling its barrels with a variety of pickled delights.
KOSHER. Approx. 10 minute walk.

Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery
137 Houston, between Forsyth and Eldridge
Opened in 1910, this bakery offers the traditional Eastern European potato and kasha knish, along with Spanish influenced varieties like jalapeno, testifying to changing LES tastes.
KOSHER. Approx. 20 minute walk.

Landmarks & Synagogues

Jarmulowsky’s Bank
58 Canal, southwest corner of Orchard Constructed in 1912, this was once the tallest structure on the LES. Its founder, Sender Jarmulowsky, whose name still appears under the building’s capital, was the founding president of the Eldridge Street congregation. This bank served the community until a disastrous run in 1917. When its doors closed, it was millions in debt.
Approx. 5 minute walk.

Loew’s Canal St. Theater
31 Canal, between Ludlow and Essex
This popular movie theater, built in the 1920s, was one of the few air-conditioned buildings on the LES. Although it is no longer used as a theater, if you look up at its terracotta-glazed windows, you can notice signs of its original purpose.
Approx. 5 minute walk.

Forward Building
175 East Broadway between Jefferson and Rutgers
The most popular socialist Yiddish daily newspaper the Forverts, or Forward, was founded in 1897 by Abraham Cahan. Today, the building has been converted into condominiums, but you can still see signs of its past use in its Yiddish name written under the clock, as well as in the golden medallions of socialist icons Marx, Engels, Lassalle, and Bebel.
Approx. 8 minute walk.

Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway at Grand
The EA is a community center established in 1889 to help immigrants “Americanize.” The center offered language and art classes, a free library, and even dance and cooking classes. This building, which opened in 1891, still serves the largely immigrant population of the neighborhood.
Approx. 8 minute walk.

Henry Street Settlement
265 Henry, between Pitt and Grand
Henry Street has been serving the LES community for over a century. Founded by Lillian Wald in 1893, the institution was dedicated to teaching health and hygiene, along with English and arts to new immigrants. Henry Street nurses were famous for traveling across tenement rooftops from building to building to treat patients.
Approx. 15 minute walk.

First Roumanian American Congregation
89 Rivington, between Orchard and Ludlow.
The red-brick synagogue that used to stand on this empty lot was condemned and dismantled after its roof collapsed in 2007. You can still see where its doorway once stood on the very right side and its Talmud Torah religious school on the left side of the adjacent building.
Approx. 15 minute walk.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol
60 Norfolk, between Grand and Broome.
Built in 1852 as a Baptist church, this gothic revival building was purchased in 1885 by congregants who had recently broken away from the congregation that formed Eldridge Street. It was one of the largest synagogues on the LES.
Approx. 12 minute walk.

Bialystoker Synagogue
7 Willett Street, off Grand.
Built in 1826, the federal-style building originally housed a Methodist church and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Go inside and discover the old ladder leading to an attic where slaves hid during the Civil War. Today, it is home to a flourishing Orthodox congregation.
Approx. 20 minute walk.

Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem
145 East Broadway, between Rutgers and Pike
Chartered in 1907, MTJ attained great distinction beginning in the mid-1940s, as its head, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, became one of the most important Talmud sages in America. Its name is written in both Hebrew and English characters on the building’s façade and is home to a vibrant Orthodox community.
Approx. 10 minute walk.

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Museums & More

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
108 Orchard, between Broome and Delancey
Meet the residents who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built on the Lower East Side in 1863. Approx. 10 minute walk.
www.tenement.org

Museum of the Chinese in the Americas
215 Centre Street, at Grand
Explore the history and heritage of the Chinese in America in this exquisite new space. Approx. 15 minute walk.
www.mocanyc.org

New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery, at Prince
Home for contemporary art and an incubator for new ideas. Approx. 20 minute walk.
www.newmuseum.org

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum
280 Broome, between Eldridge and Allen.
Built in 1927 by a congregation whose members had emigrated from the town of Janina, Greece in 1906, this is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western hemisphere. Approx. 5 minute walk.
www.kkjsm.org

Local Art Galleries
Our neighborhood is home to a burgeoning art scene. Discover dozens of galleries just blocks away using the Lower East Side BID’s Gallery Guide.

Seward Park
192 East Broadway at Essex
When it opened in 1903, Seward Park had the first permanent, municipally built playground in the USA. Today, having undergone a renovation, Seward Park is one of the most popular areas for families in the neighborhood.
Approx. 5 minute walk.