It’s Lower East Side History Month; Here’s this Weekend’s Schedule
The fifth annual Lower East Side History Month is again upon us. Below are some events that are happening this weekend. From the mailbag:
LES Stories: Chalk the LES!
Fri May 4 + Sat May 5, All day *Free*
Coordinated by Downtown Art
Greek Jewish Festival
Sun May 6, 12pm – 6pm *Free*
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum
Broome St between Eldridge & Allen
Celebrate the unique Romaniote and Shephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina. Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing, live music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!
WALK WITH A LIBRARIAN: TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, 1860S TO 1960S
Fri May 4, 1pm-2:30pm *Free*
Tompkins Square Library
331 E 10th St
In the mid 19th century the Square offered reprieve from a hard life for our country’s new immigrants, in what was once the most densely populated neighborhood in America. See the statues, memorials, landmarks and yes, the trees that currently play home to our park’s 21st century residents, the red-tailed hawks Christo and Dora!.
WALKING TOUR: THE BOWERY – THE STRANGE HISTORY OF NYC’S OLDEST STREET
Fri May 4, 6pm – 7:30pm *Free*
Municipal Art Society’s “Jane’s Walks” and Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Meet @ the Black Cube, Astor Place & E. 8th St.
Beginning as a Native American pathway, the Bowery served as the main landward entrance to the fledgling cities of New Amsterdam and New York. Over the past four centuries it has been a rural farm lane, royal post road, military artery, drovers’ road, stagecoach route, and elevated railroad line.
LES RESILIENCY WALKING TOUR
Sat May 5, 11am – 1pm *Free*
173 Ave B at 11th St
Join The Good Old Lower East Side as they cover historic and current aspects of climate resilience, disaster preparedness and community-based energy solutions in the Lower East Side. Topics covered during the tours include the impact of Superstorm Sandy, the history of the land, the power of community gardens from their inception till now, community victories against Con Edison that changed legislation, and more!
CHINATOWN: A WALK THROUGH HISTORY
Sat May 5, 1pm – 2:30pm
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
Uncover the history of one of NYC’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community from its origins as a Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day NYC.
COMMUNITY WALKING TOUR FOR JANE’S WALK
Sat May 5, 3pm *Free*
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Ave C
We’ll be touring East Village community gardens learning about activism, sustainability, and how the community reclaimed these abandoned spaces and made these wonderful vibrant community gardens, which then became urban green, community-run sustainable places.
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF COLONIAL NEW AMSTERDAM: A WALKING TOUR
Sun May 6, 10:45am – 1pm
Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
54 Pearl St at Broad St
Tour-goers visit the former locations of Jewish sites in Lower Manhattan, including the early Spanish and Portuguese rented synagogues, the Mill Street Synagogue (the first synagogue built in North America) and Congregation Shearith Israel’s Chatham Square cemetery, which is the oldest known Jewish cemetery in New York City.
PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Sun May 6, 11am – 1:30pm
Green Map NYC
Stanton Building btwn Christie & Forsyth
Tour a rapidly changing section of the Lower East Side and hear about current quests to maintain cohesion and distinctiveness while addressing diversity, climate and resiliency. Walk where your grandparents walked and consider how today’s choices will affect future generations.
BICYCLE TOUR OF LES COMMUNITY GARDENS
Sun May 6, 1pm *Free* *Must have bicycle*
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Ave C
The East Village has the highest concentration of community gardens, started and maintained by the people using sustainable solutions that then become part of everyday city life. Did you know that recycling started in the gardens and now community composting is being studied and introduced across boroughs?