Friday, October 22, 2010

New book: "The Bowery: A History of Grit, Graft and Grandeur"

We are very proud to announce the release of The Bowery: A History of Grit, Graft and Grandeur, the latest title by LESHP director Eric Ferrara (with a foreword by Rob Hollander).

(From back cover): Originally part of a Lenape trail running the entire length of Manhattan Island, the Bowery has become one of the most notorious thoroughfares in America. Developed in stages by the Dutch, British and then Americans, this stretch of street has continually risen from its own ashes, interminably experiencing periods of popularity, poverty and prosperity.

It has been celebrated as a haven of counterculture, entertainment and theater and denigrated as New York's "Skid Row." Home to bums, bohemians, criminals, artists, performers and the rich and poor alike, the Bowery has attracted the most diverse population of any place in all of New York City's history. Travel down the Bowery with New York City author and researcher Eric Ferrara as he explores its rich, fascinating and at times troubling past.

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LESHP's "On The Bowery: An Historical Exhibit"

LESHP is proud to partner with Whole Foods and the Bowery Alliance of neighbors for an historical exhibit about one of the most culturally influential thoroughfares in America, the Bowery.

Crowded with commerce, spectacular theaters, entertainments high and low, brilliant nightlife, cheap hotels, prostitution and gay bordellos, saloons, gangsters, corruption and political power-brokers, Bowery exuberance suddenly vanished into a ghost town of indigents and artists, its buildings alone remaining. Learn the story of what happened ON THE BOWERY..

at Whole Foods Gallery
95 East Houston St at Bowery (2nd Floor, east wing)
Open daily, 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
October 29, 2010 through Winter 2011

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eric Ferrara discusses Mafia bosses on WFUV radio

Listen to LESHP's Eric Ferrara discuss Mafia bosses on WFUV for a special segment on National Boss Day.

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