Film Series: The Biggest Jewish City in the World

This month’s LES Heritage Film Series will feature the 1976 film, The Biggest Jewish City in the World. The film was directed by David Gill and was produced as a part of the TV series, “Destination: America.” It will be shown on 16mm film and looks to have some amazing images of the Lower East Side, including footage and interviews from 1900-1976. The film begins with footage of the LES at the turn of the century, and progresses from “sweatshops and labor strikes, to early American-Jewish institutions like the Daily Forward newspaper and Yeshiva University, to prosperous descendants of Jewish immigrants living on Long Island.” Featuring commentary by Irving Howe and Sam Levenson. 58 minutes.

FREE // 6:30p // 192 East Broadway (at Jefferson St.) – downstairs.

Seward Park Library Offers Urban Gardening For Teens

Garlic Scapes sprouting at the Seward Park Library's Urban Gardening Program for Teens

There’s a unique, FREE gardening program being offered for teens at the Seward Park Library right now.  The weekly, seven-month urban gardening program, “Gardening For a Green NYC,” is offered in conjunction with the Horticultural Society of New York. The program is currently seeking more participants (ages 12-18) for the spring season.  They write: From climate zones to hydropponics and carnivorous plants, learn the basics of gardening in NYC. Create a garden from the ground up with help from green space experts.

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.

L.E.S. Heritage Film Series: Cultural Festivals in NYC

This month’s screening from the L.E.S. Heritage Film Series at Seward Park Library will be focused on the traditional festivals and parades long celebrated in and around our neighborhood.   Continuing to reflect the neighborhood’s diverse cultural history, (this is the fifth in the series) curator Sean Ferguson will be screening three short films:

Hidden Gems in Seward Park Library’s Heritage Film Series

Over the last couple months, the Seward Park Library has quietly been screening some remarkable historical footage from the Lower East Side. The Lower East Side Heritage Film Series features films (both documentary and fictional) that were shot on location in lower Manhattan.  Part 1 of the series treated audiences to actual 16mm footage shot by L.E.S. residents and librarians in the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s in the Seward Park area.

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

Village East Cinemas, Formerly the Yiddish Art Theatre via Lost City (

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.

Seward Park Library to Present L.E.S. Heritage Film Series

Still of Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II via IMDb

The Seward Park Library is offering a new film series called the LES Heritage Film Series. They will be screening historical documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan, on the first Tuesday of every month.

Community Discusses Seward Park Library Incident; Security Cameras to be Installed

A community forum convened Sunday to discuss responses to last month’s assault of a 9-year-old girl in Seward Park Library drew together local elected officials and community leaders from diverse organizations, eliciting promises to work together to fight crime and producing a pledge from a library official that security cameras will be installed there.

Angela Montefinise, the public relations manager for the library system, told the group assembled at The Educational Alliance building on East Broadway that there is a plan to add cameras at the library, which has only one security guard.

Chin, Squadron, Stringer to Attend Tomorrow’s Forum on Seward Park Library Assault

Police sketch

A wide range of community groups and elected officials will be taking part in tomorrow’s community forum, being held in response to the May 6th sexual assaut of a 9-year old girl in the Seward Park Library. We understand City Councilmember Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and possibly, Rep. Nydia Velazquez will all be attending.

During the forum, parents and community leaders will have the opportunity to discuss the incident and overall safety issues related to children in the neighborhood.  There will also be presentations from personal safety experts.

Forum Planned Sunday in Response to Seward Park Library Incident

Police sketch

In the aftermath of the sexual assault of a 9-year old girl inside the Seward Park Library, a public forum is being planned this Sunday afternoon. The Lo-Down is co-sponsoring the event with the Seward Park Co-op and the 7th Precinct Community Council. Many other organizations are also involved.

Police circulated a sketch shortly after the May 6th incident, and continue to search for a suspect. The story struck a nerve with many parents (and resulted in widespread media coverage) — given the fact that the crime happened in such a public place.

Followup: 9-Year Old Girl Attacked in Seward Park Library

As we reported last night, Police are asking for help finding a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year old girl in the Seward Park Library last week. The story is being widely covered by the city’s broadcast and print media.  The details are difficult to hear, but given the fact that the suspect has not been caught we think it’s important to share all of the known facts about this crime. From WNBC:

In an exclusive interview with, the girl, who is not being identified to protect her identity, says she left her mother for a moment to grab a book off a shelf. She knelt down in the aisle to read the book when a man approached her. “He asked me what color was my underwear,” she said. “Then he asked to see my underwear and I didn’t let him see it.” Stunned by the stranger’s question, the girl did not react. Within seconds she said the man groped her and then forced her to grope him. He stopped she said when he thought someone saw him. “I ran to my mom. I was crying,” she said, “And told her that a stranger was touching me and stuff.”

Police Investigate Sexual Assault of 9-Year-old Girl in Seward Park Library

Police are asking for help, as they search for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl inside the Seward park Library on Thursday. According to WCBS, the victim said the suspect grabbed her by the shirt on the second floor, around 530pm.

The girl told police the man covered her mouth, and then attacked her in the library. The victim was with her family, but got separtaed from them near the bathroom. There’s apparently one security guard working at the library at any given time.