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The lower East Side in New York

The Lower East Side was originally an elegant neighborhood. When New York was the capital of the United States, President George Washington lived on the Lower East Side.

By the mid-1880s the Lower East Side had changed greatly. It became characterized by crime, poverty and the hopes of its residents.

During this time, the Lower East Side developed into an area where immigrants settled. First there were many Irish, then came many Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

Near the Lower East Side there are two other neighborhoods that also attracted immigrants and that are famous for their ethnic food.The Italian restaraurants of Little Italy remain popular today to both tourists and Italians alike. Today Chinatown is the only immigrant community that`s still growing. Chinatown has seven newspapers of its own. It also has nearly 200 restaurants.

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