History

‘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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Toppled from Red Square, Lenin Rises Again on the Lower East Side

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:11 am

Lenin rises again. Indeed, it somehow seems fitting, given the current political climate, that a statue of the Russian communist revolutionary would return to a Lower East Side rooftop. And so it goes. Early Friday afternoon, workers were spotted hoisting the eighteen-foot, Soviet-era sculpture into place at 178 Norfolk Street. The copper tribute had been […]

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Rabbi Appeals to Area Jews to Keep Spotlight on Destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

The site of the ruined Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue – felled by fire two weeks ago, has been eerily silent of late. Its hollowed-out sanctuary, for the time being, remains jailed behind a perimeter fence, attracting the gaze of camera-wielding locals. The 14-year-old who allegedly started the fire – a Lower East Sider – was arrested […]

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Tonight, Learn More About Big Tim Sullivan, ‘King of the Bowery’

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

As part of the Lower East Side History Month festivities, tonight the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Grace Church High School welcome author Alice Sparberg Alexiou to speak about the (in)famous Timothy Sullivan, or as many knew him, the puported “King of the Bowery.” Sullivan resided at the Occidental Hotel (now the SoHotel) at 146 […]

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