LES Community Heroes: Mateo Gomez & Nelson Landrieu

On Tuesday, May 5th, we honored our local heroes at University Settlement for our second annual LES Community Heroes Awards. Though each hero’s inspiration spans cultures, causes, and generations, we asked a select few to share their stories in introduction of each hero. We will be posting those speeches here. Jan Hanvik, Executive Director at the Clemente Soto … Read More

LES Heroine and Community Hero: Joyce Mendelsohn

On Tuesday, May 5th, we honored our local heroes at University Settlement for our second annual LES Community Heroes Awards. Though each hero’s inspiration spans cultures, causes, and generations, we asked a select few to share their stories in introduction of each hero. We will be posting those speeches/bios here. Joyce Mendelsohn is a true heroine … Read More

LES Community Hero: Paul Garrin

On Tuesday, May 5th, we honored our local heroes at University Settlement for our second annual LES Community Heroes Awards. Though each hero’s inspiration spans cultures, causes, and generations, we asked a select few to share their stories in introduction of each hero. We will be posting those speeches here. Risa Shoup, Executive Director of FABnyc, … Read More

Cross-Cultural Stories of the LES

By HARMONY BARKER “You don’t look Chinese. Why do you work here?” I work at the Museum of Chinese in America (located at 215 Centre Street just north of Canal Street) and that question, while not a daily occurrence, is something I get asked a lot. People see a blonde girl who makes Casper look … Read More

Celebrating LGBTQ Latinas in Loisaida

Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé, the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University, tells us about Loisaida’s celebration of LGBTQ Latin@s as part of Loisaida Fest, this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! Loisaida Inc Celebrates the Contribution of LGBTQ Latin@s with a Cabaret where some of New York City’s most legendary queer Latin@ performance … Read More

LES Heroines: Frances Goldin

When you think about LES Heroines, Frances Goldin immediately comes to mind. Frances was born in 1924 into a working-class, Russian-Ukrainian Jewish family in Queens. While growing up, her family faced intense anti-Semitism, and they were often ostracized by the neighborhood’s merchant-class Jews because, as Goldin recalls, ‘my father went to work in overalls’. Her exposure to … Read More

Weekly events: May 21st – May 27th

MAY 21ST LES LOVE MOB: AN ARTIST-LED WALKING TOUR Meet at Barramundi 67 Clinton Street, New York, NY, 10002 May 21 at 6:30 pm Support local businesses as artist ambassadors introduce you to each business and their intimate connections to the community. Info MAY 22ND THE 20TH ANNUAL LES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Organized by … Read More

Creativity & Culture With Elders of the LES

Pictured above: Dances for a Variable Population, ‘Autumn Crossing’, High Line, 2010, image via dvpnyc.com As most everyone knows by now…May is Lower East Side History Month! And what better way to celebrate than to tune into the incredible activity of the elders of the LES. Our seniors are the very core of neighborhood history … Read More

Events This Week: May 14 – May 20

MAY 14TH AN EVENING GUIDED TOUR Merchant’s House Museum, at 29 E 4th St. May 14/21/28 at 6:30 pm Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home. The guided tour is FREE with admission. Info MAY 15TH THE UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL East 7th Street between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. May 15 – May 17 from … Read More

Libertad Guerra on CHARAS Co-Founder & LES Community Hero, Chino Garcia

On Tuesday, May 5th, we honored our local heroes at University Settlement for our second annual LES Community Heroes Awards. Though each hero’s inspiration spans cultures, causes, and generations, we asked a select few to share their stories in introduction of each hero. We will be posting those speeches here. The first presenter, Libertad Guerra, is … Read More