Monday, February 25, 2013

The Food Riots of February, 1917

Protestors at the steps of City Hall in February, 1917.
Source: International Socialist Review, April 1917/Library of Congress.

In February of 1917, thousands of local women organized to combat sharply rising food prices. Spurred on by well-known anarchist and socialist leaders, many protesters turned violent and wreaked havoc on local businesses for several days.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Vintage Bowery" fundraiser, March 20, 2013

This is an important fundraiser for Bowery preservation efforts. Honorary hosts include Martin Scorsese, Luc Sante and Angela Westwater. (LESHP's Eric Ferrara is on the host committee.)

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live Performances and a VIP guest list all for a really good cause. Well worth the min $125 ticket price, if you can swing it :)

Vintage Bowery
A Benefit to Celebrate the Designation of The Bowery Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
@ The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York City

Honorary Hosts
Luc Sante
Martin Scorsese
Angela Westwater

Host Committee
Kent Barwick, Chair
Simeon Bankoff
Ellie Covan
Sara Driver
Eric Ferrara
Joe Franklin
 Michael A. Geyer
Frank Giresi
Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Bob Holman
Jim Jarmusch
Host Committee (cont.)
Tom Klem 
James Macklin
Jay Maisel
Joyce Mendelsohn
Mick Moloney
Richard Moses
Joseph Perrotta
Lisa Phillips
Nicholas Quennell
Peter Quinn
Marci Reaven
Mike Wallace

Tickets and Sponsorship Information:
*Please RSVP by Friday, March 15th. For More Information, (212) 566-2729

Friday, February 22, 2013

D.D. Badger Iron Works, 14th Street, 1850s

Source: Library of Congress
Here is an 1850s image of the D.D. Badger & Co. iron works foundry, formerly located at the East River between E.13th and E.14th Streets. Back when Alphabet City was an industrial district, very little of the neighborhood was residential. For over a century, the East Side hosted at times the largest concentration of factories, stables, warehouses, coal, lumber and iron yards in the city.

Daniel D. Badger, who the New York Times called a "pioneer of this country in the use of iron for building purposes," opened at this location by 1854, soon growing to employ 400 men and produce 400-500 tons of building iron per year. Some of the work of his company, Architectural Iron Works, can still be seen today:

36 Walker Street in 2009. Source:
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Looking at the Lower East Side’s Presidential Connections

George and Martha Washington’s mansion at 3 Cherry Street. Source: New York Historical Society.

We've written an article in honor of Presidents' Day, which covers over 200 years of presidential connections to the Lower East Side.

Written exclusively for the Lo-Down, this is the first post in what we hope will be a long series. Give us positive feedback and they'll keep coming :)

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

LESHP makes's "12 tours locals will love" list

Thank you! Five LESHP tours made their "12 tours locals will love" article...

"New Yorkers have a reputation for rolling their eyes when it comes to tours of the city. After all, when you live here, why  pay money to walk around your own backyard? As it turns out, there are fascinating, information-packed tours out there  even skeptical NYC locals are sure to love. These journeys of discovery will leave the know-it-alls wide-eyed and impressed, and give visitors and residents alike a fresh perspective on their surroundings."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Vintage photos of winter in New York City

In honor of this weekend's Snowstorm Nemo, here are some images of New York snowstorms from a century ago.

West Street, 1899

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Eric Ferrara makes cover of GIA newspaper

LESHP director Eric Ferrara is featured with Italian American Museum founder Dr. Joseph Scelsa on the cover of this month's Giornale Italo Americano -- a popular and unique newspaper written in both Italian and English.

Ferrara was in Little Italy on January 31, 2013 for a standing-room only presentation for his new book, Lower East Side: Then & Now.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Eric Ferrara at the Italian American Museum

Thank you to the Italian American Museum (155 Mulberry Street) for hosting a book signing/presentation last night with LESHP director Eric Ferrara, who was promoting his new book, Lower East Side: Then & Now.

Eric Ferrara at the Italian American Museum, January 31, 2013