Each time I roam the sidewalks of New York City’s Lower East Side, it feels as though I’m exploring a kaleidoscope, one that can’t help but express and reinvent itself by the moment. Artful paint splatters seem to well up organically on sidewalks, while murals and graffiti brighten roll-down store gates and even bring to life the rusted metal doors that cover the steps leading from sidewalks into dusky basements.
The Lower East Side has long been a cauldron of creativity for artists and performers like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Madonna, and Andy Warhol. It’s rich with vibrant street art, hot new galleries showcasing emerging artists, and exciting creative spaces like FusionArts Museum, New Museum, and International Center of Photography. Lower East Side hotels reflect the neighborhood’s dynamic creative vibe, with bold artwork, fascinating historic artifacts, eye-catching interior design, cutting-edge architecture, and cool bars and restaurants helmed by innovative celebrity chefs and mixologists.
Discover how descending CitizenM Bowery hotel’s 20-story stairwell becomes an art-immersive experience with every step. Channel Andy Warhol in Sixty LES hotel’s pool and in the Standard Hotel’s grilled cheese sandwich. Conjure Diego Rivera with a cocktail at PUBLIC Hotel and travel back in time to a Victorian aesthetic at the Bowery Hotel. Expand your cultural consciousness in the cleverly creative hotels of the Lower East Side.