Citywide program offers free graffiti removal

Call it art or call it a nuisance, graffiti is a staple of New York City and can be found just about anywhere in the five boroughs. But just as visible are efforts to get rid of it.

NYC Houses of Worship: Eldridge Street Synagogue

It is not what you'd expect to find in the middle of Chinatown but the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been a fixture on the Lower East Side for more than a century. Built in 1886, the Jewish temple's history is just as incredible as its architecture. Back in the 1880s, the Lower East Side was a portal for immigration. Most Jews who came through were Eastern European, also known as Ashkenazi Jews.

What is Hell Square?

Party buses pulling up at 2 a.m., vomit on the sidewalk, streets clogged with drunk people. That's just an average weekend on the Lower East Side, according to some people who live here. A study looked at a 24-square-block area that has become known as "Hell Square." The neighborhood has the highest density of liquor licenses in New York City.

Lower East Side crime

The Lower East Side of Manhattan is bustling with restaurants and nightlife, but for some residents it is not all fun and games. The NYPD's 7th Precinct is less than a mile in size, yet accounts for a large chunk of crime in New York City. The NYPD said robbery arrests are up 100 percent compared to the same time last year and burglary arrests are up more than 100 percent.