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Lower East Side Young Historians Unveil Catherine Street Signs

During the past few years, we’ve been following an innovative program at P.S. 126/Manhattan Academy of Technology on Catherine Street. Lower East Side Young …

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Journalist Ray Suarez to Kick Off Jane Jacobs Lecture Series at the Museum at Eldridge

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street are partnering with the Center For the Living City to present a yearlong commemorative lecture series …

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Join in – “LES STORIES: Community Chalking” This Sunday

This Sunday, May 1st, Lower East Side History Month kicks off with their annual LES STORIES: Community Chalking event. The volunteer collaboration is focused …

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The Third Annual L.E.S. History Month Kicks Off May First

For the third year in a row, the month of May will be officially dedicated to Lower East Side History. The list of local organizations participating in LES History Month is growing and new community events have been added. …

"Our Strength Is Our Heritage, Our Heritage is Our Life" at 232 East Broadway. Photo via Sara Krivisky.

Lower East Side Throwback: Making the Heritage Mural at 232 East Broadway

Lo-Down reader Sara Krivisky sent us these photos after noticing how rundown the historic Jewish heritage mural at 232 East Broadway has become. The photos depict the planning and completion of the project in 1973. …

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemorations This Week

Commemorations are planned across New York this week for the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The tragedy 105 years ago took the …

Essex Street Market, 1939.

Upcoming Panel Discussions Focus on Legacy of Essex Street Market

A big crowd turned out last month for a one-day food festival organized by the Essex Street Market, the Lowline Lab and the LES Partnership. Two more collaborations are coming up — focused on the past, present and future of the 75-year-old market. …

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The Museum at Eldridge to Host L.E.S. Panel on Jewish New York

Coming up on Sunday, February 21st, the Museum at Eldridge presents a free panel discussion on “Jewish New York” with a focus on historic, …

Richard Eagan, the show barker for a shark show in Coney Island, 1987. Photo © Hazel Hankin via CityLore.

Richard Eagan’s “Alive on the Inside” – Stories From a Coney Island Show Barker

Ever wonder what Coney Island was like decades ago in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, long before the last time you may have gone there? …


LES History Month 2016 Announced; Open Call to Participate

Our friends at Fourth Arts Block (FAB) sent along their announcement for the third annual Lower East Side History Month. The month-long series of local events will take place in May 2016, kicking off with the popular #LESStories, an interactive chalking project, on Sunday, May 1st and Monday, May 2nd. …

Orchard Street looking north from Grand Street.

Proposed Lower East Side Historic District Picks Up Support; Tenement Museum Stays on the Sidelines

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Museum at Eldridge Creates New Walking Tour Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof

The Museum at Eldridge has created a new walking tour inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof and its upcoming Broadway revival. …

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Daredevil Tattoo Looks to Showcase Their One of a Kind Collection

Daredevil Tattoo co-owners Brad Fink and Michelle Myles recently came to the realization that that their collection of tattoo memorabilia was world-class. …

Orchard Street looking south from Hester Street.

Preservation Groups Ask Landmarks Commission to Declare Lower East Side Historic District


LES Young Historians Dig Into Catherine Street’s Tap Dancing Roots (Part 2)