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Book Party Wednesday for New Edition of “The LES Remembered & Revisited”

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Coming up on Wednesday evening, author Joyce Mendelsohn will be celebrating the release of the new and expanded edition of her invaluable book, "The Lower East Side Remembered & Revisited." A book party sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, the Tenement Museum and the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation will be held at 6:45pm at the Orenssanz Center. Here's how the publisher, Columbia University Press, describes, the revised edition:

The Lower East Side has been home to some of the city's most iconic
restaurants, shopping venues, and architecture. The neighborhood has
also welcomed generations of immigrants, from newly arrived Italians
and Jews to today's Latino and Asian newcomers. This history has become
somewhat obscured, however, as the Lower East Side can appear more hip
than historic, with wealth and gentrification changing the character of
the neighborhood.Chronicling these developments, along with the hidden gems that still
speak of a vibrant immigrant identity, Joyce Mendelsohn provides a
complete guide to the Lower East Side of then and now. After an
extensive history that stretches back to Manhattan's first settlers,
Mendelsohn offers 5 self-guided walking tours, including a new passage
through the Bowery, that take the reader to more than 150 sites and
highlight the dynamics of a community of contrasts: aged tenements
nestled among luxury apartment towers abut historic churches and
synagogues. With updated and revised maps, historical data, and an
entirely new community to explore, Mendelsohn writes a brand-new
chapter in an old New York story.

There's a Q & A with Joyce on the publisher's web site. The public is welcome to attend the book party. The Orenssanz Center is at 172 Norfolk (just below Houston).

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