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Living on the LES: Local Stories from Local People

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This Sunday, Oct. 2, the BMW Guggenheim Lab at Houston Street and Second Avenue will host a collection of first-person stories about life on the LES. “Growing Up and Old on the Lower East Side: 5-minute stories from locals on making a home in a place of flux” runs from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Here’s the invitation to the free event:

There’s an old saying that goes, “you can never go home again.” This may mean the bookstore that you spent your childhood in was replaced by another Trader Joe’s, or, maybe those sweet old neighbors moved away after 30 years. These types of changes are sometimes hard to bear when they happen in or around our homes. But what would it be like to grow up or grow old in a place where no two days are ever really the same? That is what thousands of people, of all backgrounds, are doing on the Lower East Side. Amidst all the topographical, cultural, demographic, and economic changes, they remain firm in calling these streets home. “Growing” will bring together locals who will share 5- to 7-minute stories about how and why they call LES home. The event is organized by PenTales an international project that brings together people and their stories through live events.


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