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You Must See Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:18 am

I’m just going to jump right into it. You have to go see Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGER at Joe’s Pub. I went this past Monday night, and I really want to share it with all of you awesome people because I know that you would have as much fun as I did. Plus, considering […]

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Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

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Exhuming the Ghosts Within the Ellis Island Hospital Compound [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

For 60 years the Ellis Island Hospital complex sat abandoned. The facility, upon construction, was deemed the largest health initiative the United States had ever attempted. Open between 1902 and 1930, it was meant to keep contagious diseases (tuberculosis, cholera, trachoma, diphtheria et. al.) from entering America along with the tens of thousands who departed the […]

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Lower East Side History Month is Two Days Away

Posted April 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

After a successful first campaign, a second helping of LES History Month is being served to the neighborhood again next month (i.e. two days). May promises to be packed with festivals, films, tours, talks, theater, workshops, exhibits, and presumably more – all marching to the beat of awareness and appreciation for the rich, cultural history that’s […]

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Essex Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a Month of Festivities

Posted April 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

The second annual Lower East Side History Month is just a few days away. Yet this year, the celebration coincides nicely with the anniversary of a neighborhood institution. Yes, the Essex Street Market turns 75 years young in May. Certainly a milestone for a brick warehouse initially intended to house the Depression-era pushcarts. Throughout the […]

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‘Tartan Day’ Celebration on Ellis Island This Weekend to Feature Captain Kidd and the Hangman’s Noose

Last modified April 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

The 14th annual Tartan Day celebration is jigging its way to Ellis Island this weekend – time to bust out the bagpipes! This year’s theme has been built around the nefarious Scot, Captain Kidd, a pirate who has significant ties to New York City. Aye. Presented by the Clan Currie Society – one of the county’s leading […]

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In Defense of the Tenement Housing Stock (Or, Why BuzzFeed is Wrong About Blaming the Bricks)

Posted April 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

Normally I would consider the source, but given the number of readers BuzzFeed has, this article about the buildings destroyed in the East Village Explosion deserves a prompt and unwavering response. Two young men – Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Ismael Locón Yac – lost their lives. Residents lost their possessions and while there is no comparison, the Lower East […]

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Today in LES History: Television Debuts at CBGB on the Bowery

Last modified April 1, 2015 at 12:42 am

On this day in… 1974 – The seminal rock/punk/alternative band Television began their Sunday night residency at CBGB, a former Bowery dive bar where band members built a stage for their debut performance. Here is an excerpt from a piece that NYU professor Bryan Waterman wrote last year on the fortieth anniversary of the event… Although […]

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Today in LES History: Helicopter Pioneer Igor Sikorsky Immigrates to the Neighborhood

Posted March 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

On this day in… 1919 – 30-year old, Russian-born aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky immigrated to the Lower East Side, where he taught fellow émigrés mathematics. Sikorsky designed the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft and the first airliner, as well as America’s first practical helicopter, utilizing a rotor configuration design still used today. Today in LES […]

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Today in LES History: Senator Barack Obama Makes a Campaign Stop at Cooper Union

Posted March 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

On this day in… 2008 – Campaigning Illinois Senator Barack Obama took the stage at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. The then-presidential hopeful gave a speech about the economy, and proposed an additional $30 billion stimulus package to help during the downturn. Obama was introduced by Mayor Bloomberg. The event was highly symbolic, as Cooper Union […]

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