My L.E.S. – Frances Pena

We are back with our weekly feature spotlighting a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  This week’s “L.E.S.-er” is Frances Pena, a true native of the neighborhood.  If you would like to participate in “My LES”, please email us here.

Frances Pena - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-down

What do you do?

I work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a Payroll Administrator.

How long have you lived on the LES?

I was born and raised in the LES.  I still live in the LES.

Favorite block in the hood?

My favorite block is where I live — 2nd St. between Ave. A & B.

Favorite date spot in the hood?

My favorite date spot in the hood is the FDR Drive Park.

Favorite coffee in the hood?

Dunkin’ Donuts.

Favorite slice in the hood?

My favorite slice in the hood is Rosario’s on Orchard St.

Where do you take your visitors when they’re here?

I usually take my visitors to Chinatown.

Favorite dive/locals bar in the hood?

I really like Musicians on Rivington St.

Favorite LES memory?

My favorite LES memory is when I was about 7 years old, and we lived on Forsyth St.  I used go to the senior citizens home on Delancey St.  and dance with the seniors — it made my day.

What do you like about the LES?

I love that I can walk to work, and especially that I have my parents and kids close by.