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

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 at 10:25 am by

Photo: Cherylynn Tsushima, LES History Month

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 participate in, from exhibitions to walking tours to public art to festivals. All thanks in part to cofounders FABnyc and Downtown Art.

LES Stories is always a crowd pleaser, and will help kick off the celebrations this Friday and Saturday. And the LES Community Hero Awards – the commemoration for the unsung heroes of the ‘hood – will happen on May 18 at Downtown Art.  Last year, the Lower East Side community honored, among others, Wendy Brawer (Greenmaps), Mike Hoyos (Works in Progress), Thea Martinez (GOLES), and Harriet Putterman (Cooper Square Committee), with a special acknowledgement to Michael Zisser (University Settlement).

Other events this year include:

  • The 30th Annual Loisaida Festival on May 28th.

  • A Volunteer & Civic Engagement Fair connecting NYC residents with LES organizations at The Manny Cantor Center on May 20th.

  • East Village Political Art: The Murals of La Lucha Continua at CityLore, presented by Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation on May 23rd.

  • The Greek Jewish Festival hosted by Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum on May 21st.

  • Essex Street Market Block Party serves up delicious food on May 20th.

  • The Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration – 2017 Weekend Walks with Chinatown Partnership throughout May.

  • The State of the Lower East Side, a community dialogue facilitated by Carlina Rivera at Downtown Art on May 23rd.

All the info needed to partake is available at the LES History Month website. For those inclined, there’s a hashtag #LESmonth on Instagram and Twitter. And for those sticklers out there: all events take place within the historical definition of the Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges, and Loisaida. 

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