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A Decade in the Making, Henry Street Settlement Finally Closes Deal on Historic Firehouse

Last modified October 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

The Henry Street Settlement finally closed the deal on an historic Lower East Side firehouse. A decade in the making, the transfer transpired exactly two years after Mayor Bill de Blasio executed resolution 835, thereby approving the sale of 269 Henry to the organization for the bargain price of $1. Thus ushering in a new chapter for the […]

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‘Under One Roof’ with the Immigrant Families of the Tenement Museum

Last modified October 4, 2017 at 10:52 pm

With the topic of immigration dominating the national conversation, we were extremely interested in the press preview of a new exhibit at the Tenement Museum “Under One Roof” is a permanent exhibit immersing visitors in the real-life stories of modern era immigrant, refugee and migrant families from different parts of the world. Based on oral […]

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Sampling the Lost Cuisine Found in ‘The German Jewish Cookbook’

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:16 am

In our current food-obsessed culture – especially in places like New York City – it seems that we are global food citizens. We have easy access to an endless variety of restaurants and specialty food stores, which enable us to explore foods from all over the world. And we can easily watch a multitude of […]

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‘Rediscover’ the Eldridge Street Synagogue Ten Years After Its Restoration

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:11 am

Tonight marks the opening of a new exhibition at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. “Rediscovery, Restoration, and Rediscovery: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the photogenic house of worship. This rehabilitation was no small feat: it took twenty years and $20 million to restore the synagogue, which originally […]

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Help Restore the ‘Yiddish Walk of Fame’ on 2nd Avenue

Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

Local preservationists have their work cut out for them. Or walk. The Yiddish Walk of Fame, a notable piece of of Lower Manhattan’s cultural history, has fallen into a significant state of disrepair. The walkway, located on Second Avenue near East 10th, lays claim to the famed thespians within the Jewish community from the 1890s through […]

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Jeremiah Moss at his ‘Vanishing New York’ Book Signing and Reading [RECAP]

Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

We hear it often. Our city is losing its soul. In the hyper-gentrification that has sped up since the turn of the millennium, those of us who pre-date this era, frequently – and too often rightly – lament the closing of favorite local businesses, the loss of scale when high rises replace beloved older buildings, […]

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Down in the Vault: Brooklyn Bridge’s Champagne History and Caviar Dreams

Last modified July 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

The day I meandered around the Brooklyn Bridge mooring and ended up within the vault interior on the Manhattan side was the day a faux accent got me the hell out of dodge… Miss, are you lost? Ya. Do you speak in English? You can’t be in here. Tour. Ya. Lost. Ya. Lost in a […]

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Go ‘Nightclubbing’ with Punk Screenings at the Anthology Film Archives this Weekend

Posted July 13, 2017 at 5:11 am

Clear your calendar for the next few days. This weekend, the Anthology Film Archives is digging deep to host series showcasing time capsule footage from the exceptional Go Nightclubbing library of Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong. There will be four separate screenings comprising seven different compilation programs of the downtown Punk/New Wave scene in the […]

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Neighbors Are Concerned about Health of Richie Chang, the ‘Mayor’ of Ludlow Street

Last modified July 6, 2017 at 9:28 am

Richie Chang, the so-called mayor of Ludlow Street, was admitted to the hospital last week, several concerned residents tell us. His condition is not immediately clear, but we are told that his health has been failing recently. At 68, Chang has lived his entire life on the block of Ludlow Street between Rivington and Stanton. […]

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Traipsing Around Town with Ugo Rondinone’s ‘I ♥ John Giorno’

Posted June 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

Imagine having been part of the Beat Generation and Pop Art era. You could go to a phone booth (remember those?) and dial a poem; You could be filmed by Andy Warhol for hours – while sleeping; You might even be neighbors on the Bowery with William Burroughs. Or be a fly on the wall, […]

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