This past Friday morning, the LES Jewish Conservancy had lots of help from its friends in celebrating the grand opening of the Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street. The storefront gives the organization a visible presence in the heart of the Lower East Side — a “brick and mortar” launching pad for neighborhood walking tours and a venue for events and education about the neighborhood’s rich legacy.
Via email blast, we learn the LES Jewish Conservancy is just about ready to debut its new Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street. The storefront, formerly Ruby’s Fruits, is scheduled to open next month after undergoing extensive renovations. You can see several architectural drawings on the Conservancy’s web site and find out how to help support the center through a financial contribution. The Jewish Conservancy is part of the United Jewish Council of the East Side.
It’s pretty much impossible to tell the history of the Jews if you ignore the subject of food. So it’s not very surprising that one of the most popular historical tours of the LES incorporates herring, rugelach and halvah. The LES Jewish Conservancy is getting ready for the 7th annual “Noshing Tour Extravaganza.” The day begins with rugelach, and coffee ends with a sampling of foods from a classic Eastern European kiddish of herring, arbis, potatonick, schnapps, dried fruit and halvah. In-between, participants see such key LES landmarks as the Angel Orensanz Center, the Stanton Street Shul and Congregation Chasam Sopher. The event takes place at 11am on December 26th. Tickets are $24 and must be purchased by December 22nd. For more information, visit the Conservancy’s web site.
Last year, after sixty years of selling fruits and vegetables from a beyond bare bones storefront at 400 Grand Street, cranky but beloved Ruby Baumgarten decided to call it quits. Now the ground-floor tenement space is about to get a new tenant — the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.