Al Smith

Governor Al Smith Walks Us Through the Lower East Side of 1945 [VIDEO]

Last modified November 28, 2021 at 6:43 am

With all this talk about gentrification (i.e. Spike Lee), I thought it would be appropriate to journey back in time to Lower Manhattan in 1945. The following borderline-propaganda footage is narrated by Al Smith, a significant, but largely under-recognized New York politician from the Lower East Side. Elected governor for four terms in New York, […]

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