Pictured above is one of two paneled murals depicting actual immigrants living in the Lower East Side or LES. (The other panel can be found here.) The LES is historically the great immigrant hood of New York City, where waves upon wave of 19th and 20th century immigrants — Irish, Germans, Eastern European Jews, Italians, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Chinese — first settled upon arrival in America. Now the LES is the great hipster hood of Manhattanm but soon — given the soaring real estate prices, new luxury condos and loft renovations — will become the great young urban professionals hood. So long BAPE sneakers and RISD grads, hello i-bankers and Blackberrys.

Ivan Corsa Photo