Lower East Side History Month 2017!

March 15, 2017By adminBlog, Participants, Stories

May 2017 is our 4th annual Lower East Side History Month! NEW YORK, NY – Lower East Side History Month (LES History Month) celebrates the rich, diverse history of New York City’s Lower East Side! Each May, Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents organize cultural and community events, which range from … Read More

LES Community Hero Awards 2016

May 31, 2016By adminBlog, Community

This past Thursday, May 26th, we were delighted to gather and celebrate the 2016 LES Community Heroes! This year, our awardees are Wendy Brawer (Greenmaps), Mike Hoyos (Works in Progress), Ed Litvak and Traven Rice (The Lo-Down), Thea Martinez (GOLES), and Harriet Putterman (Cooper Square Committee), and a special acknowledgement to Michael Zisser. Here are … Read More

Typewritten Tales: i want to escape

May 25, 2016By adminBlog, Community

Steve Dalachinsky is one of the featured writers that will be sharing some of his work at the final Typewritten Tales this Sunday, May 29. Typewritten Tales is a creative action organized by Sally Young and Anna Adler, inviting residents, visitors, passerbys, friends, family, to type up memories of the Lower East Side on a typewriter. … Read More

The Tiffany Stained Glass Windows of Middle Church

May 23, 2016By adminBlog, Community

This post is contributed by Daniel Kessel at Middle Church Collegiate Although Middle Collegiate Church is in current headlines for its activism around Black Lives Matter  and LGBT equality, the congregation’s building speaks to its rich history in New York City. Middle Church has stood at Second Avenue and 7th Street since 1891; this building is the third … Read More

“Women resume riots against meat shops” – The 1902 Great Meat Boycott

May 22, 2016By adminBlog, Community

This post is contributed by Elissa Sampson on behalf of the Siempre Verde Garden and Stanton Street Shul The Lower East Side’s history is replete with social protest and community organizing addressing the issues of poverty, rapid immigration, assimilation and overcrowding. Its people have addressed difficult living, working, and housing conditions by supporting community and … Read More

What’s up on Essex Street?

May 19, 2016By adminBlog, Community

Well, a lot! For one, this SATURDAY, join the crew for the Essex Street Market Block Party with the promise of lawnchairs, good food, good drink, and good cheer! Essex Street Market first opened in 1940 and though it was born out of the displacement of pushcart peddlers in the 30s, it also cradles a rich history of … Read More

Festival Highlights 2016

May 14, 2016By adminBlog, Event Themes

What better way to celebrate LES rich cultural diversity than with a festival? As part of LES History Month, we are spoiled for choices on attending just one! Check out some neighborhood favorites below: Chinatown Street Fair Sunday, May 15, 11AM-4PM Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Manhattan’s Chinatown, along historic Mott Street, … Read More

LES Community Hero: Paul Garrin

May 21, 2015By adminBlog

On Tuesday, May 5th, we honored our local heroes at University Settlement for our second annual LES Community Heroes Awards. Though each hero’s inspiration spans cultures, causes, and generations, we asked a select few to share their stories in introduction of each hero. We will be posting those speeches here. Risa Shoup, Executive Director of FABnyc, had the honor to … Read More

Cross-Cultural Stories of the LES

May 21, 2015By adminBlog

By HARMONY BARKER “You don’t look Chinese. Why do you work here?” I work at the Museum of Chinese in America (located at 215 Centre Street just north of Canal Street) and that question, while not a daily occurrence, is something I get asked a lot. People see a blonde girl who makes Casper look tan sitting … Read More