History

Lower East Side History Month Kicks Off Next Week

Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

It’s just about time for Lower East Side History Month festivities to commence in May. As in the past four years, a month-long series of celebrations is in the works to highlight the rich and diverse history of the neighborhood. An array of folks comprised of cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents have […]

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Check Out Vintage Political Memorabilia on the LES this Weekend

Posted February 2, 2018 at 9:33 am

Like IKE? This Sunday, the Seward Park High School Alumni Association is joining forces with the Big Apple Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors for a special political memorabilia show. Buttons, posters, and other vintage campaign swag will be on display and available for purchase. According to Big Apple Chapter president Tony Lee, “ […]

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Zarin Fabrics’ Bobby Zarin Dies of Cancer at 71

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:04 am

Bobby Zarin, former owner of Zarin Fabrics and husband to Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, passed away on Saturday after a years-long battle with thyroid cancer. He was 71. “With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully [Saturday] surrounded by […]

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Growing up on the Lower East Side with the Real Schmulka Bernstein, My Grandfather

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

The following guest piece was written by Michele Clark, granddaughter of the real Schmulka Bernstein.  My grandfather Schmulka Bernstein owned and ran a kosher butcher store (Schmulka Bernstein Kosher Meats and Provisions) and factory smokehouse on Rivington Street, between Essex and Ludlow, from the 1930s until 1964. He was noted for, among other things, the guaranteed […]

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Prohibition-Era Funeral Home on Madison Street Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

A former Lower East Side funeral home with colorful gangster roots just hit the market as a multimillion-dollar “investment opportunity.” Robert “Roxie” Vanella was a gangster-cum-undertaker who ran in the same circles as Johnnie Torrio and Al Capone. Later in life, the outlaw (and convicted murderer) went straight, and founded his namesake funeral home. Now, […]

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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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