Lower East Side History Project

Today in LES History: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Born as a ‘Breakfast Meet’

Posted March 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

On this day in… 1763 – Many books and archived newspaper articles cite March 17, 1763 as the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration — claiming it was held not as a parade, but as a breakfast meeting at the Crown and Thistle Inn on Whitehall Street. Then in 1779, the annual breakfast turned into a […]

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Today in LES History: Rezoning Plan Helps Pave the Way for Creation of Vladeck Houses

Last modified March 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

On this day in… 1938 – A public hearing for a Lower East Side rezoning plan was held, paving the way for the first municipally-subsidized public housing projects in the United States. It would be another year before wide-scale demolition commenced at Corlear’s Hook, clearance that eventually led to construction of the Vladeck Houses. Today in […]

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Today in LES History: Women’s Suffrage Pioneer Susan B. Anthony Dies

Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:08 am

On this day in… 1906 – Suffrage movement pioneer Susan B. Anthony passed away on this day in Rochester, New York at the age of 86. She spent some of her younger years at a boarding house at 44 Bond Street, where she published a women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution. Today in LES History is […]

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Today in LES History: Officer Petrosino is Gunned Down in Sicily

Posted March 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

On this day in… 1909 – Giuseppe “Joseph” Petrosino was gunned down in Palermo, Sicily. Petrosino was the first Italian-speaking police officer in the NYPD and commander of the “Italian Squad” – a pioneering anti-mafia outfit based out of the Fifth Precinct on Elizabeth Street. A law passed in 1909 allowed deportations of criminals in […]

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Today in LES History: Lincoln in the Five Points, Triangle Shirtwaist Settlements

Posted March 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

1860 — Shortly after a campaign stump at Cooper Union, presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln took a Sunday stroll through the slums of the Five Points. He was there to visit a new Sunday school that opened and meet with the impoverished students and teachers. 1913 – Owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory settled a lawsuit stemming […]

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Today in LES History: Lillian Wald is Born in Cincinnati

Last modified March 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm

1857 – Henry Street Settlement founder Lillian Wald was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her achievements were myriad. Everything from being a Lower East Side “visiting nurse” and inspiring the first public nursing service in the world, to aiding in the creation of the NAACP. 1964 – Lower East Side social service agency Mobilization for Youth organized […]

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Today in LES History: Ukranian Poet Taras Shevchenko is Born

Last modified March 10, 2015 at 8:15 am

March 9, 1814 – Ukrainian poet Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko was born in the former Russian Empire. Many consider his writings to be the foundation of modern Ukranian literature, and to an extent, written Ukranian language itself. Born into serfdom and orphaned at age 11, Shevchenko was imprisoned and exiled by 33 for promoting an independent […]

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Educators Launch ‘LES Young Historians’ Initiative to Teach Students Importance of Local History

Posted October 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

It’s been just about a year since 8th grade teachers Alfonso Guerriero and Christopher Piccigallo kicked off their neighborhood history curriculum at PS126, a program that fully integrates learning about the Lower East Side of yesteryear while also satisfying both New York State’s 8th grade requirements and the Common Core. And now, with that notch successfully on their […]

Lower East Side History Project Partners with PS126 on Neighborhood History Curriculum

Posted November 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

8th graders are getting a helping of the Lower East Side in the classroom, with the latest collaborative effort by the Lower East Side History Project and PS 126/Manhattan Academy of Technology.

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On the Bowery Exhibit at Whole Foods

Last modified December 9, 2010 at 12:34 am

Beginning tomorrow, Whole Foods on the Bowery will host a new exhibition on the very thoroughfare it helped gentrify. It’s called “On the Bowery,” and runs through winter 2011. The event is co-sponsored by the Lower East Side History Project and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

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