We’re midway through Lower East Side History Month but the activities aren’t slowing down! Here are some tours for the next half of May that you might like to explore:

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Companion Tour: “In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown”
Saturday, May 14, 3.30PM
Part of this special pop-up exhibit about the LOMEX produced by NYC Department of Records in association with FABnyc and miLES, curator and educator Noah Fuller will lead a multi-sensory exploration of LOMEX and the activists who fought to preserve their communities during the 30s. Imagine a 10-lane expressway cutting right through the heart of downtown Manhattan; Walk the path of the highway and collectively imagine what could have been and what challenges Downtown Manhattan continues to face. Bring good walking shoes and a desire to participate!

This is the final tour of the pop-up exhibit – be sure to RSVP as space is limited!

KAUFMAN_LRArchitecture Tour lead by the New Museum
Sunday, May 15, 3-3.45PM
Timely after this article in the NY Times about the New Museum expanding their Bowery Space, join docent Miranda Romer Lunaand on a tour focussing on the Museum’s building, which was designed by the architectural firm SANAA. The tour is free with Museum admission and limited to fifteen visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tours of the Eldridge Street Synagogue
Tours during opening hours, on the hour.
Built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue is the first great house of worship built by Jewish immigrants in America. Today it has been meticulously restored and is a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the synagogue’s history, architecture and current life on a one hour tour. The Museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Tours are offered on the hour (10, 11, 12, etc.). The Museum is closed on Saturdays and on major national and Jewish holidays.

Tenement Chic: Ornamentation and Architectural Walking Tour of the Lower East Side
May 22, 10.45am-1.30/2pm
Let the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy lead you through garish gargoyles, Greek & Roman mythical beasts, beautiful botanicals in terra cotta…Why do these architectural sculptures adorn otherwise drab 19th century tenements? Who were the anonymous artisans that created these treasures, and what motivated the building developers to employ them? Trace the development of the typical tenement – a mid-19th century windowless box- to contemporary housing styles and learn how building ornamentation influenced residential architecture in this ever evolving immigrant enclave.

Urban tenements in Manhattan's Lower East side.

Stanton Street Shul Open House Tour
May 22, 12pm-3pm (Come anytime between this window!)
The Stanton Street Shul is one of last remaining tenement synagogues on the Lower East Side. Its growing congregation crowds into a tiny historic building built in 1913 on a lot that is smaller than the requisite 100×25′ of its day. Come see a historic synagogue that is listed on the National Register and learn about the immigrants who came in 1894 to found a community that memorialized and helped support their East European shtetl (town) of Brzezan (then in Austria Hungary, later in Poland, and now part of the Ukraine).


Mafia Walking Tour led by LES History Project
Every Wednesday and Saturday
This popular and exciting walking tour through the East Village and Little Italy explores the former social clubs, homes and haunts of some of the most influential 20th century mobsters, while uncovering the truth behind many Mafia legends.

Continuing ongoing tours:
MoRUS Community Gardens & Sustainability Tours May 14, 21, 28
PS122 Mobile Walking Tour “lead” by PS122

Continue to fill your calendar by perusing the events calendar in the bar above!

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