Shopping Malls and Centers: Right next door to Nolita is the Lower East Side. A formerly down-and-out part of town, it's seen rise to a smattering of boutiques featuring up-and-coming, local designers. That said, you'll still find a few old glimpses of a time gone by, as old-school leather sellers and rug salesmen are holding on strong. If you're looking for new and shiny, this probably isn't the spot to head, but if you're on the hunt for something unusual, or a second-hand masterpiece, the LES is calling your name. One tip: don't go here expecting to pull something off the shelf and walk out. This is a shopping neighborhood that takes patience, a good eye and a bit of luck.
Best Shopping: The Lower East Side was once one of the roughest neighborhoods in town, but it has been reborn into a haven for the trendy. Roughly located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street, the shopping in the lower east side has great bargains and indie boutiques, but stores that feature designers who design and sew their own creations are the norm. The unusual and unexpected is at home here. Home furnishings, jewelry, and of course hip cafes and culinary experiences abound. You'll find gourmet pastries, chic wine bars, and charming coffee cafes mixed in with the local residents still shopping in some of the old haunts like authentic Jewish deli Russ & Daughters.
Local Expert Courtney Sunday Says:
Best Shopping: "The shops in the Lower East Side are always changing and they remain varied and intriguing. Go to Moscot for classy eyeglasses from the over 100-year-old brand."
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: From new small businesses to well-worn classic shops, the Lower East Side does not disappoint when it comes to shopping.