Landmarks Commission Protects Seward Park Library

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A short time ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Seward Park Library, located at 192 East Broadway.

LES Heritage Film Series: On the Street in the ’60s & ’70s

Crosby Street - photo courtesy of Cee - 00ff00.com

Next week’s LES Heritage Film Series screening at the Seward Park Library will focus on the socioeconomic conditions downtown in NYC in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Three short films will be presented – one about Crosby Street in 1975, one about a community mural that was made with children from the Henry Street Settlment in 1964 and one from Chinatown in 1970. Make sure you get a chance to check out these historical gems from the neighborhood:

Crosby Street (1975, 18 min., 16mm)
Director Jody Saslow takes a look at the various economic, social, and aesthetic strata on a New York City street. Includes interviews with residents and merchants and scenes of the homeless.

LES Heritage Film Series Focus: Men on The Bowery

This month’s edition of the fascinating LES Heritage Film Series at the Seward Park Library will focus on three films about the Bowery (including the famous time capsule, On the Bowery, that screened at Film Forum a few months ago).  On the first Tuesday of each month (this is the 6th installment) curator Sean Ferguson screens documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan on both 16mm and DVD formats.

LES Heritage Film Series to Screen “The Golden Age of Second Avenue”

Village East Cinemas, Formerly the Yiddish Art Theatre via Lost City (http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com)

This month’s screening (tomorrow night) at the Seward Park Library’s L.E.S. Heritage Film Series looks to be another fascinating gem of historical footage:  In the documentary, The Golden Age of Second Avenue (1968, 56 min, 16 mm), director Morton Silverstein documents the Yiddish theater in America from its beginnings to the late Sixties.