History

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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Henry Street Settlement Responds to Linda Sarsour Controversy with Bialystoker Synagogue

Posted May 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

When the Henry Street Settlement invited Palestinean-American activist Linda Sarsour to participate in a panel discussion last night, the nearby Bialystoker Synagogue was not pleased. The schul – considered the largest Orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side, took issue with providing a platform to an active supporter of BDS against Israel, and sent a sharply-worded […]

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Before Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was Destroyed by Fire [PHOTOS]

Posted May 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

One of the oldest synagogue buildings on the Lower East Side is on death’s door. Sunday night at around 7pm, a 3-alarm fire broke out in the vacant Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The blaze hollowed out the structure, leaving naught but a charred facade. It’s totally destroyed. So, we thought it appropriate to revisit […]

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Lower East Side Rabbi Opposes Henry Street Settlement’s Invitation to BDS Activist Linda Sarsour

Posted May 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

A rift is forming in the Jewish enclave of Grand Street, pitting both sides of the socio-political spectrum against another. Two Lower East Side stalwarts (and neighbors). And it’s much ado over an invitation extended to Palestinian-American activist, and BDS supporter, Linda Sarsour. The Henry Street Settlement invited the anti-Israel activist to participate in a […]

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This Fallow East Houston Lot Pays Tribute to Tesla, Teddy, and Twain

Last modified May 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Steve Stollman spent the last month fine-tuning his open-air museum exhibit at 49 East Houston Street. The wall of fame composed of dated clippings, posters, and portraits is an attempt to foist an appreciation of neighborhood history onto unsuspecting pedestrians. It’s nicknamed “The Mulberry Street Gang,” a plywood installation peppered with ephemera, and with a […]

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There’s a Walking Tour Down the ‘Historic’ Bowery on Sunday

Posted May 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

One of New York’s prominent urban historians is taking it to the streets. To the Bowery, in fact. Esther Crain has been researching for nearly a decade, sifting through photographs, newspaper clippings, and other precious artifacts to fill in the nooks and crannies of New York’s lengthy, yet often quick-moving history. Now, the founder of Ephemeral New […]

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Today Kicks off the 4th Annual ‘LES History Month’

Posted May 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

It’s May, and the fourth annual Lower East Side History Month is upon us.  As in years prior, a month-long series of celebrations is lined up to illuminate the rich and diverse history of the neighborhood. An array of folks comprised of cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents have organized loads of activities to […]

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Henry Street Settlement Receives $360K Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted April 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

The Henry Street Settlement recently won a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Indeed, $360,000 –  the largest non-media grant awarded – has been earmarked to support the settlement’s latest venture, “The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health and Social Reform.” It’s multi-platform exhibition that will “explore social activism, urban poverty and public health […]

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