Hotel at a Glance: Orchard Street Hotel
Located in one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods, Orchard Street Hotel gives you a fine introduction to the city. It’s within walking distance of numerous well-known museums, shops, and restaurants. Katz’s Delicatessen, one of Manhattan’s most-famous delis, is just down the block, as is the award-winning Tenement Museum. Hop on the subway—there are three stations within a five-minute walk—to reach many other iconic attractions within minutes.
- Unique design note: The back lobby boasts a relaxing waterfall.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms have 32- or 42-inch LED TVs and free WiFi; deluxe rooms also have city views from the 10th and 11th floors.
- Hidden gem: Walk 10 minutes from the hotel to stroll amid vegetable gardens and fruit trees in the Liz Christy Garden. It’s one of the city’s best tucked-away green spaces.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side: Chic Boutiques, Restaurant Row, and Contemporary Art Galleries
If you were a German, Irish, Polish, or Jewish immigrant coming to America in pursuit of a better life in the 19th or early 20th century, odds were good that you’d wind up sharing space in an overcrowded tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The neighborhood—one of the city’s oldest—was a refuge for New York’s newest and poorest residents for generations. Visitors can learn more at the Tenement Museum, located within a five-story brick building that once housed some 7,000 working-class immigrants.
In recent years, the Lower East Side’s identity as a welcome mat for newcomers has shifted as gentrification began to reshape the neighborhood. Pushcarts and rundown storefronts have given way to trendy boutiques along Orchard Street and a chic “restaurant row” on Clinton Street. What’s more, the relocation of the New Museum has attracted a slew of contemporary art galleries. Some of the old mainstays have stuck around, though, including Katz’s Delicatessen and Russ & Daughters, which has been selling premium smoked fish, bagels, and other specialty foods since 1914.