Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:28 am

Each year around this time, the portable tables and chairs are unfolded and placed along the sidewalks near the junction of Canal and Essex Streets.

When the Author of Israeli Anthem Lived on the Lower East Side

Posted October 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

“Hatikvah” is the famous Hebrew poem from which Israel’s national anthem derives. The 125-year-old hymn has a very direct connection to turn-of-the-century Lower East Side. Its author lived and died here.

Weekend Edition: December 11

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: l.e.s.ter]

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Chanukah Mobile on East Houston [Video]

Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

It’s celebration in the streets. From the same folks who brought you the Sukkah Mobile comes the annual Chanukah Mobile.  Yessir.  Chabad is at it again these eight crazy days. Towing a generator-powered menorah throughout the neighborhood while blasting traditional tunes, the truck and rig were spotted heading westbound on East Houston Street outside Billy’s […]

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Jewish Life on 1980s Lower East Side

Last modified November 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

With so many synagogues either gone, dilapidated, or repurposed as luxury condos, Jewish life on the Lower East Side is highly endangered.  Today, the New York Times’ Lens blog has a nice photo feature by Cuban-born Julio Mitchel on neighborhood Jews in the 1980s. This picture is particularly fascinating.  Given the appearance of the S. […]

Channel Thirteen on Kehila Kedosha Janina [Video]

Posted November 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

In the latest installment of Channel Thirteen’s video series, The City Concealed, the media company focuses on Kehila Kedosha Janina at 280 Broome Street (corner of Allen). The Romaniote synagogue is the last of its kind in the whole Western Hemisphere. Built in 1927, the congregation catered to a small minority of Greek Jews which […]

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Sukkah City 2010: The Night Before

Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

Today is the last day to catch a glimpse of Sukkah City 2010, an assemblage of “radically temporary” sukkahs in Union Square Park. From dawn until dusk. Most of yesterday was a true mob scene, with huge crowds surrounding each structure, at least five to six heads deep. It was tough getting a good glimpse. […]


Weekend Edition: June 27

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

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Pablo Vargas of the Stanton Tailor Shop, Part II

Posted April 9, 2010 at 6:13 am

And now, the conclusion to yesterday’s feature about Pablo Vargas, the proprietor of the Stanton Tailor Shop. Written by Steven Gibaldi. It’s been almost 30 years since Pablo Vargas arrived from the Dominican Republic and landed a job at the Stanton Tailor Shop, except then it was known as the Olympic. He was 22 years […]

Pablo Vargas of the Stanton Tailor Shop, Part I

Last modified April 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

We are excited to present this two-part series on Pablo Vargas, proprietor of the Stanton Tailor Shop.  Written by Steven Gibaldi. On summer nights you may have walked by the Stanton Tailor Shop and heard meringue playing from the open door. Or maybe on a freezing cold winter afternoon you saw a line snaking out […]