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Happy Birthday, Williamsburg Bridge

Photo by Laura Moss.

The Williamsburg Bridge opened December 19, 1903.  At 1600 feet, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge for more than …

Lower East Side © Rebecca Lepkoff / Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

Rebecca Lepkoff Brings Historical Photos “Home” to the Seward Park Library

Rebecca Lepkoff’s photographs of the Lower East Side are as much an expression of herself as they are of this rapidly changing neighborhood.



Inside 50 Bowery; a local preservationist snapped photos showing what he believes is evidence of the Bull's Head Tavern. Photo by Adam Woodward.

Remnants From Bull’s Head Tavern May Have Been Found Beneath Bowery Demolition Site

Lower East Side preservationists are buzzing this weekend about a potentially blockbuster discovery.



Lower East Side © Rebecca Lepkoff / Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

L.E.S. Heritage Film Series to Present Unpublished Rebecca Lepkoff Photos

The Seward Park Branch Library has announced the first program of its 2013/2014 Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, Rebecca Lepkoff: In photographs and conversation, …

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Clayton Patterson’s Tompkins Square Riot Video Screens Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, there will be a screening of Clayton Patterson’s 1988 “Tompkins Square Police Riot” video at the Anthology Film Archives.  The complete three hour …

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Streit’s Matzo Doc Kickstarter Campaign: Still $12,000 To Go

Last month, we mentioned the documentary film project on Streit’s Matzo.  A Kickstarter campaign to help pay the production costs is winding down May …

LES History: A Look Back at the Bowery “Blue Book”

Sleeping it off under the El [or whatever] in 1932, photographer Berenice Abbott.

The following column was written by TLD contributor Eric Ferrara of the …

Kossar's, 367 Grand Street. Photo used with the permission of James & Karla Murray, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

The Difference a Decade Makes: Grand & Essex Streets

Kossar’s, 367 Grand Street. Photo used with the permission of James & Karla Murray, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

The Lower …

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Enjoy a Passover “Nosh & Stroll” This Weekend With the Museum at Eldridge

A fun way to celebrate Passover is with our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street. They will be leading their annual “Passover Nosh & …

"St. Patrick's Day Parade in Union Square, c. 1874. Source: Library of Congress."

A Look at St. Patrick Day Parade’s Lower East Side Roots

“St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Union Square, c. 1874. Source: Library of Congress.”

Editor’ note: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, TLD …

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A Brief History of Public Housing on the LES

New York Times, February 1938.

Editor’s note: The New York City Housing Authority’s decision to lease some of its property for luxury development has …

Historic Orchard Street.

LES History: The Food Riots of 1917

da Harris leading protestors at City Hall in February, 1917. Source: International Socialist Review, April 1917/Library of Congress.

Editor’s note: Today we have the …

George W. Bush at the Pitt Street firehouse in 2004.  Photo source- New York Times.

Looking at the LES’s Presidential Connections

George and Martha Washington’s mansion at 3 Cherry Street. Source: New York Historical Society.

Editor’s note: Today we’re kicking off a new LES history …

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Tenement Museum’s New Shop Life Tour Connects Past and Present

The facade at 97 Orchard Street, home of the Tenement Museum’s new “Shop Life” tour. Photo by Keiko Niwa, courtesy of the Tenement Museum.