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Official Bronze Plaque Installed For Togo the Sled Dog in Seward Park

The historic statue of “Togo” the sled dog in the recently renovated Seward Park now has an official plaque. The bronze plaque was installed in a collaboration with the parks department and the Seward Park Conservancy. …

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Clayton Patterson Featured in Graphic Novel, Online Discussion at Tompkins Square Library

Here’s a fun online event, happening courtesy of Tompkins Square Library, on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 2pm – 3pm: Local legend, Clayton Patterson …

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Remembering Frances Goldin, A Fearless Fighter For Affordable Housing

You may have seen the tributes in the past week to Frances Goldin, the legendary Lower East Side community activist who died at the age of 95. Goldin was co-founder of the Cooper Square Committee and the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council. …

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Hester Street Fair Celebrates LES History Month with “LES Profiles”

In celebration of Lower East Side History Month Hester Street Fair (HSF) is teaming up with The People’s LES, initiated by Downtown Art and …

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The Fascinating History of Schiff Fountain in Seward Park

Big changes are, of course, coming to Seward Park. A $6.4 million renovation through the city’s Parks Without Borders program is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Meanwhile, the Seward Park Conservancy is launching a fundraising campaign to restore the historic Jacob H. Schiff Fountain …

Image: Nick Lawrence, Soto Family apartment, October 1969. Silver gelatin print.

Cuchifritos Project Examines Essex Crossing (SPURA) History

Now that the Artists Alliance gallery and project space, Cuchifritos, is settled in at the new Essex Market at 88 Essex Street, they are taking a close look into some of the history of this new location (formerly known as SPURA, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area). …

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Exhibition Uncovers Forgotten Italian Community in “Lung Block”

Here’s an interesting exhibition for history buffs and Lower East Siders alike: The Lung Block, a New York City Slum and Its Forgotten Italian-American …

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Urban Archive and Think!Chinatown to Host Scavenger Hunt

Urban Archive and Think!Chinatown are throwing an historical scavenger hunt in Chinatown this weekend, Sunday Oct. 28 at 1:30p. The event is part of …

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Tonight at St. Mary’s: Historical Talk, Tour, Refreshments

During the past three or four years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Grand Street has undergone a significant physical transformation. …

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Political Memorabilia Show Coming Up Feb. 4, Complete With Al Smith Tribute

Coming up on Feb. 4 (yes, that’s Super Bowl Sunday) the Seward Park High School Alumni Association is partnering with the Big Apple Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors for a political memorabilia show and sale on the Lower East Side. …

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Henry Street Looking For Volunteers to Test Walking Tour App

Here’s something for Lower East Side history buffs. Henry Street Settlement is looking for volunteets interesting in taking part in a focus group for a new history walking tour app. …

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Lower East Side History Buffs Beware: Urban Archive Scavenger Hunt Sept. 22

If you love to delve into the incredible history of the Lower East Side, you’ll want to know about The Hunt – LES, taking place Sept. 22. …

Photo: Lonnie Duka.

Midday Update: Fire Destroys Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Here’s a midday update on the fire that destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, one of the Lower East Side’s most cherished Jewish historic sites. …

Photo by Zuleika Sandgren.

Morning Photos: Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Destroyed By Fire

Here are the first heartbreaking photos this morning from 60 Norfolk St., the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue, which was ravaged by fire last night. …

Fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, May 14. Photo by Richard Brennan.

More Images From the Fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Thanks to Lo-Down readers for sending along these dramatic images and video. …