Just moments from LES, The Library is at the heart of one of the most dynamic locations in all of Manhattan. It is surrounded by endless retail, social, and dining and drinking options, and the diverse flavors of each neighborhood guarantee a vibrant life, full of pleasant surprises. Around the corner, Essex Crossing is a lively new shopping and dining destination filled with dozens of iconic local vendors. NoHo and NoLita are a bit quieter and upscale, while the East Village and the Lower East Side vibrate with the energy and excitement that New York is famous for.



There’s truly something for every budget or any craving. There are local staples, exciting new openings, and everything in between, all just a short walk away. Katz’s Delicatessen and Russ and Daughters have been serving up delicious takeout for over a hundred years, while Dirty French, Bond St, and Carbone are on every foodie’s must-try list. Bowery Meat Company is a go-to for steak.



For live music, Bowery Ballroom and Bowery Electric are popular spots that draw big crowds. Mercury Lounge hosts indie bands and up-and-coming artists, and SubCulture is a cozy performance space with incredible acoustics. The Tenement Museum is a historical icon that offers incredible insight into the area’s past, and galleries like Salon94, The Hole, and plus81 feature a rotation of exhibitions from new artists. The New Museum is also must-visit for any contemporary art fan.



More than a dozen gyms and fitness centers cater to every need. National names like SoulCycle and Equinox are balanced by local studios like Hit House and Switch Playground. For those wanting to get outside, Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a lush, seven-block greenspace with walking paths, basketball courts, and sports fields.



No matter the night, there’s always something to do. Places to hangout range from exclusive clubs like Ludlow House, to more casual spots like The Gutter. Swing by the first bowling alley on the Lower East Side or Regal Cinemas at Essex Crossing, a modern theater house with comfy seats and all the latest hits. For nightlife, indulge in elegant cocktail bars and secluded speakeasies, or chill out at classic dive bars or pubs. Mother’s Ruin, The Crosby Bar, and Genuine Liquorette are all worth checking out more than once.


One could update their entire wardrobe after spending a day in SoHo. Every major fashion label has a storefront, and many upcoming labels do as well. The East Village and LES are famous for their antique and vintage boutiques, while NoHo and NoLita have plenty of opportunities for discovery around every corner.


Between Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Union Market, Target, and the dozens of stalls at Essex Crossing, every potential grocery list will be covered. The markets in Chinatown are also within reach, and with close proximity to the B/D/F/M/J/Z/R/W/6 subway lines, so is the rest of the city.