Taking place during month of May, Lower East Side History Month is an umbrella for a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities taking place in the historical definition of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City. Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

Since 2014, we worked with more than 80 (and counting) community groups, cultural organizations, and businesses to bring you this annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side History Month!

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