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The Lower East Side small business community is located in the southeastern part of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The Lower East Side neighborhood is located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street. The bulk of immigrants who came to New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries moved to the Lower East Side. By the 1840s, large numbers of German immigrants settled in the area, and a large part of it became known as "Little Germany.” This was followed by groups of Italians and Eastern European Jews, as well as Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Slovaks and Ukrainians. By 1920, the Jewish neighborhood was one of the largest of these ethnic groupings, with 400,000 people on Orchard and Grand Streets, and numerous Yiddish theatres in a small business community along Second Avenue between Houston and 14th Streets. By the turn of the twentieth century, the neighborhood had become closely associated with radical politics, such as anarchism, socialism and communism, and was known as a place where many popular performers had grown up, such as the Marx Brothers, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Durante, and Irving Berlin. Later, radical artists like the Beat poets and writers were drawn to the neighborhood. After World War II, the Lower East Side became New York City's very racially integrated neighborhood, with an influx of African Americans and Puerto Ricans. By the 1980s, the Lower East Side began to attract students, artists as well as populations from countries such as Bangladesh, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Poland. In the early 2000s, the development of the Lower East Side made it one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, a notoriety that the Lower East Side small business community celebrates. The small business community on Orchard Street is now lined with upscale boutiques. Similarly, trendy restaurants, including Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant, wd~50, Cube 63, and Falai are found on a stretch of Clinton Street that constitutes another small business district. Several more small businesses, including restaurants, bars, and galleries, opened below Delancey Street in the late 2000s. The Lower East Side small business community is also a popular late night destination, in part because many Hollywood acts have made appearances in the community’s unique theatres.

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