The Lower East Side features a very vibrant Jewish community. Because of the large Jewish population, many stores close early on Friday afternoon and on Saturday to observe the Jewish Sabbath.
Lower East Side
New York City's Lower East Side (panoramio)
How Manhattan is divided:
Downtwon: south of 34th street
Midtown: 34th street to 59th street
Uptown: north of 59th Street
East Side & West Side: Fifth Avenue is the dividing line