You may have heard that dozens of organizations have come together for Lower East Side History Month, an extended celebration of our neighborhood’s historical and cultural contributions. While it technically gets underway today, the official opening will take place on Sunday with a celebration at Pier 42.
The community event is being planned in coordination with Paths to Pier 42, a group that’s been helping to reactivate a stretch of the East River waterfront that will one day become a city park. There will be live music, activities for the kids from the Tenement Museum and the Museum of Chinese and America, river ecology demos and a ceremony honoring “LES Community Heroes.” It all takes place from noon-4; Pier 42 is located just above Montgomery Street, not far from Corlears Hook Park.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be highlighting other LES History Month events. One we’ll point to now is “Chalk/LES,” a project that will happen tomorrow through Sunday throughout the neighborhood. You might be familiar with the annual chalking in memory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This is an extension of that and includes a variety of organized and free-form events to illustrate LES history. You can see more details here.
For a full schedule oh History Month events, check out their web site.