Lower East Side History Month is Two Days Away

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 at 10:19 am by

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Centre-fuge “Heroines of the Lower East Side”

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 held near and dear to the Lower East Side and surrounding communities.

Fourth Arts Block is at the helm for communications and goings-on about town throughout the month. There’s even a cool interactive map to pinpoint those businesses and organizations participating, neighborhood festivals taking place, and the chalked-up LES Stories meet up spot, which kicks off the month-long homage to the past.

Speaking of LES/Stories, the idea to adorn the streets of Lower Manhattan with living histories using chalk was born from Ruth Sergel’s citywide public art project, CHALK, which commemorates the 146 garment workers who lost their lives in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Here’s hoping for a sunny May!

And, much like last year, LES History Month will bring about a new group of unsung community heroes to be honored with the LES Community Hero Awards. This year’s roster includes:

– Chino Garcia
– Joyce Mendelsohn
– Nelson Valentine
– Paul Garrin
– Mateo Gomez and Nelson Landrieu
– with a Special Citation to LES Ready!

For the full line up of events spanning Lower East Side History Month, head here.

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