Lower East Side History Month 2017!

May 2017 is our 4th annual Lower East Side History Month! NEW YORK, NY – Lower East Side History Month (LES History Month) celebrates the rich, diverse history of New York City’s Lower East Side! Each May, Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents organize cultural and community events, which range … Read More

LES Community Hero Awards 2016

This past Thursday, May 26th, we were delighted to gather and celebrate the 2016 LES Community Heroes! This year, our awardees are Wendy Brawer (Greenmaps), Mike Hoyos (Works in Progress), Ed Litvak and Traven Rice (The Lo-Down), Thea Martinez (GOLES), and Harriet Putterman (Cooper Square Committee), and a special acknowledgement to Michael Zisser. Here are … Read More

Sweatshops: A Continuous New York “Immigrant” Experience

This post is written by Sara Stroman and in conjunction with her work with the 14-week miLES doTANK; Sara worked with a team to design an exhibit on immigration in America on behalf of the Tenement Museum in the heart of the LES. I. Reconciling personal history New York is the city of many. No … Read More

Typewritten Tales: i want to escape

Steve Dalachinsky is one of the featured writers that will be sharing some of his work at the final Typewritten Tales this Sunday, May 29. Typewritten Tales is a creative action organized by Sally Young and Anna Adler, inviting residents, visitors, passerbys, friends, family, to type up memories of the Lower East Side on a … Read More

The Tiffany Stained Glass Windows of Middle Church

This post is contributed by Daniel Kessel at Middle Church Collegiate Although Middle Collegiate Church is in current headlines for its activism around Black Lives Matter  and LGBT equality, the congregation’s building speaks to its rich history in New York City. Middle Church has stood at Second Avenue and 7th Street since 1891; this building is … Read More

“Women resume riots against meat shops” – The 1902 Great Meat Boycott

This post is contributed by Elissa Sampson on behalf of the Siempre Verde Garden and Stanton Street Shul The Lower East Side’s history is replete with social protest and community organizing addressing the issues of poverty, rapid immigration, assimilation and overcrowding. Its people have addressed difficult living, working, and housing conditions by supporting community and … Read More

What’s up on Essex Street?

Well, a lot! For one, this SATURDAY, join the crew for the Essex Street Market Block Party with the promise of lawnchairs, good food, good drink, and good cheer! Essex Street Market first opened in 1940 and though it was born out of the displacement of pushcart peddlers in the 30s, it also cradles a rich history … Read More

Festival Highlights 2016

What better way to celebrate LES rich cultural diversity than with a festival? As part of LES History Month, we are spoiled for choices on attending just one! Check out some neighborhood favorites below: Chinatown Street Fair Sunday, May 15, 11AM-4PM Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Manhattan’s Chinatown, along historic Mott Street, … Read More

Walking Tour Highlights 2016 – Part II

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: 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 … Read More

The First Annual LES Volunteer Fair

LES History Month is proud to organize the first ever LES Volunteer Fair! This fair is a free and open platform for local cultural institutions to connect with residents and visitors who would like to donate their time and skills to supporting the fabric of the neighborhood! All participating organizations are LES based and have … Read More