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)

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LES Young Historians Unearth Tap Dancing’s Catherine Street Origins


Public Library Debuts Location-Based Archival Photo Tool

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LES BID, Artist Kim Sillen Create New Public Art Project on Orchard Street

Photo credit: East Village parents & Child-Onno de Jong.

LES Preservation Initiative Celebrates Landmarks Law With Photo Show

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Lower East Side History Month Kicks Off in May

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Holocaust Survivors Honored on 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Buchenwald

Holocaust survivors and their families were honored yesterday at the Manny Cantor Center in a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program commemorating the 70th Anniversary …

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An Ode to Ratner’s Delicatessen

After the recent departure of the Sleepy’s mattress store on Delancey Street, the old shadow from the former Ratner’s Delicatessen sign was exposed, triggering many residents’ memories of the old kosher dairy. Thanks to Lo-Down reader Jesse Ash for sending along this poem and the link to a great NY Public Library archive of Ratner’s menu from 1987. …

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

On St. Patrick’s Day, Recalling the Parade’s Lower East Side Origins