Photos of the Old Lower East Side

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Leslieann E. Santiago over at 21-7 Magazine penned a must-read piece yesterday, which includes over a dozen photos depicting the old Lower East Side. It’s always a pleasure to come across such “found wealth.”

[Bulldozing Tompkins Square Park]

Here’s an excerpt:

But back during the 60′s to the 80′s there wasn’t a photographer every where you turned. So, when I came across a very intense picture of a homeless man in Manahattan’s Lower East Side during the 60′s, I was compelled to learn more.

[LES Building on Fire]

It’s still not exactly pleasant ville, but it’s calmer than it was. There is so much to respect of the area. The people there have been fighters, standing for their human rights. Though the price of living in the LES has risen ridiculously high, with exclusive shops and bars, you can still feel the culture of that rebellious time. The diversity still exists and the artistic vibes live on.

[Clash at PS 105]

Head over to 21-7 for more pictures.

Recent Stories

centrefuge14-3
Centre-fuge Debuts Cycle 14 Artwork on East 1st Street

Participants in cycle 14 of the Centre-fuge public art project spent the last five days decorating the mid-block construction trailer. Its corrugated siding now carries the colorful aerosol artwork of Adam Kidder, Alexander Prosser, J. David McKenney, Jeromy Velasco, Master Moody Mutz, Nether, and Raquel Echanique. Our two favorites this time around are the “turtle terrarium” and […]

sinking-sidewalk-orchard-1
Sinking Sidewalk on Orchard Street a Continual Threat; This is How the City Reacts

How deep must this corner pit sink before the city starts paying attention? For months, the sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey has been gradually dipping below street level. Torrential downpours and excessive heat certainly exacerbate the situation. Our last depth measurement came in at five inches, and by all accounts, a liability waiting to collect. […]

1ludlow-shed
Three Points and Ludlow Inn Begin Renovations Down at 1 Ludlow Street

Months of silence on the ground level of 1 Ludlow Street recently concluded. The incoming bar-restaurant-speakeasy concept – dubbed Three Points and Ludlow Inn respectively – is now amidst full throttle renovations. Build-out has been underway the last few weeks behind closed doors. But now it’s headed outside; as of yesterday, a new sidewalk enclosure is affixed […]

little-muenster-misrahi
Looks Like Little Muenster is Closing Its Grilled Cheese Spot on Stanton Street

While one grilled cheese joint begins business on Allen Street, another is sunsetting. Little Muenster is seemingly in the twilight of its tenure at 100 Stanton Street. Melted fortune, if you will. That much is clear by Misrahi’s tombstone signage sitting above the entryway. We reached out to the Little Muenster and received the following […]

forever-antiques-1
Abe’s Antiques on Stanton Street is a Set for ABC’s ‘Forever’

Don’t get your hopes up; that’s not a real antiques store at the northeast corner of Suffolk and Stanton Streets. We’re told that Abe’s Antiques is simply masquerading as a retail setting for the upcoming ABC television series Forever. Apparently the filming crews will return to number 154 later this week to capture more scenes. For […]

  • Shawn Chittle

    Most of these are in “Selling the Lower East Side” by Christopher Mele. Heavy reading, but essential.