The Lower East Side is the hottest part of Manhattan with hundreds of art galleries, clubs, restaurants and boutiques. However, it has a long history. Prior to the American Revolution (1775-1783), a farm owned by James Delancey was located in the present day area of the LES. Delancey is remembered in the street name, as are the orchards on his farm in the name of Orchard Street. The farm was transformed into a tenement development upon the arrival of many immigrants who settled in this area. They became the Lower East Side's first business owners. Selling their wares from potato sacks to local shoppers, successful entrepreneurs transformed Orchard Street into one of the busiest commercial districts of the City. Today, visitors from around the world discover a unique combination of a traditional neighborhood and a cutting edge of Manhattan.