My LES – K Webster

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

This week’s LES-er is K Webster, a community organizer and long-time resident of the Lower East Side. She’s also the publisher of the BoweryGals blog, a site focused on “the goings on about the neighborhood of the Bowery.”  I met her at the snow-filled M’Finda Kalunga garden on Rivington between Chrystie and Forsyth, where she had been feeding the chickens.

What do you do?

I’m the mom of a wonderful son and until last year, the primary caretaker of my mom who struggles with dementia (and the bravest person I know). I also Co-Chair, with Debra Glass, the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden along with our partner Kim Fong of the BRC senior nutrition center. I am Chair of the Chinatown Working Group Education/School working team.

My LES: Laurie Gwen Shapiro

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

This week’s L.E.S.-er is Laurie Gwen Shapiro. She’s a writer and a documentary filmmaker with neighborhood roots that go way back.  As you’ll see, she’s got some amazing stories from the Lower East Side!

What do you do?

I tell stories for a living, as a documentary filmmaker, and other times as a fiction writer, essayist  or screenwriter.  I co-directed Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale for IFC Films with my brother, and most recently I co-produced Finishing Heaven with him for HBO. I also have written “funny” novels for adults and young adults including The Unexpected Salami and The Matzo Ball Heiress. I have some new film and book projects I’m super excited about in various stages of development.

My L.E.S. – Erica Smith

Erica Smith

We are pleased to announce one of our readers’ favorites, “My L.E.S.,” is back by popular demand. This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

This week’s L.E.S.-er is Erica Smith. She’ll be playing at the Parkside Lounge on Thursday with three other singer-songwriters (and longtime friends) in an evening dubbed, “Tales From the Parkside.”

What do you do?

I’m a freelance book editor (soon to be working full-time for Interweave Press) and a songwriter.

My LES: Brad Burgess

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you have someone you would like to recommend for “My LES,” please email us here.




What do you do?

I’m the Associate Artistic Director and Administrative Director at The Living Theatre, as well as Personal and Business Manager to Judith Malina, Artistic Director of The Living Theatre.

My L.E.S. – Juli Raja

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What do you do?

I’m an independent clothing designer working with hand woven and block printed textiles that I create with my husband’s family in Kolkata, India.

My LES: Jan Hanvik

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What do you do?

Work-wise, I run the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center on Suffolk Street.  It’s a 98,000 square foot former P.S. 160. GORGEOUS. Built in 1897.  It fell on hard times when the City, which still owns it, more or less abandoned it in 1973. 

My L.E.S. – Carlin Greenstein

Carlin Greenstein at the Hester Street Fair

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.

What do you do?

I am a Private Chef.  I’ve spent the majority of my career cooking for celebrities in the entertainment industry.  I also run a small business called, Chew On This. We design and sell two culinary wheels (guides), one for buying local, seasonal produce and the other on how to use fresh herbs in your cooking.

My L.E.S. – Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for thelodownny.com

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES,” please email us here.

What do you do?

I’m an artist.

What are you working on now?

My next big project is on Alisa Zinov’evna Rosenbaum, who is better known in the US as Ayn Rand.

My L.E.S. – Frances Pena

We are back with our weekly feature spotlighting a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side.  This week’s “L.E.S.-er” is Frances Pena, a true native of the neighborhood.  If you would like to participate in “My LES”, please email us here.

Frances Pena - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for The Lo-down

What do you do?

I work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a Payroll Administrator.

How long have you lived on the LES?

I was born and raised in the LES.  I still live in the LES.