Art Opening, Neighborhood Reminiscing at the LES Jewish Conservancy Sunday

Photo by Julian Voloj.

It should be an interesting day at the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy on Sunday. The organization, which established a Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street earlier this year, is planning a LES Art & Architecture Festival.

The event includes the opening of the center’s first gallery show — the photography of writer and photographer, Julian Voloj. The exhibit, titled, “If You Live in New York,” is an exploration of “Jewish heritage in the home of the world’s largest Jewish Diaspora.” The opening takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Then at 11:30 a.m., it’s the “Gals from the ‘hood” Tchotchkes & Jewelry Benefit Sale! This event features Hesta Fortgang, (co-owner of Tag-Along Estate Sales), Marilyn Guss Altman of Guss’s Pickles, Carol Schneider Margolin, daugher of the K’nish Ma,n and Carol Hordin, of Hordin’s Deli. They will all be present to share their stories and images from the Lower East Side, circa 1950-1975.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy, but the event is free.

The Conservancy is also offering historic neighborhood tours at 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Reservations are suggested for the tours. Visit the Conservancy’s web site for more information.