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Author and New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman speaks on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce him. This event is presented with the Center for the Living City
“Next to Broadway, the most thoroughly characteristic street in the city is the Bowery,” wrote one journalist in 1872. Once one of New York’s most elegant streets, the Bowery became the city’s noisy, gritty main drag for cheap goods, raucous music halls, gang hangouts, flophouses, and Tammany Hall barrooms.
The Golden Age of Radio (1920s-50s) was the primary form of home entertainment before television. In our first session, we will talk about the development of radio as a form of mass communication for entertainment, news, farm reports, classical and country music, and the vaudeville stars who were featured entertainers. Session two will further explore the influence of this form of mass communication, the technical aspects of program delivery with a focus on the nationwide panic caused by a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth called “War…
Invite the important women of your life to this exploration of Jewish women’s history of the Lower East Side. We start with a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and a light kosher brunch. Then we follow in the footsteps of generations of neighborhood women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlement houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district.
Families, reserve early – this perennial favorite fills up fast! An enchanting story about growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago, All of a Kind Family has delighted young readers for generations. Stroll through the story and onto the streets as we buy pickles, stop at a candy store, and bring Sydney Taylor’s beloved novel to life.
Lower East Side Sounds: Chinese, Puerto Rican and Jewish Folk Music – Concert with Bobby Sanabria, Zisl Slepovitch, and Music from China
Presenting a joyous mash-up of Chinese, Yiddish and Puerto Rican folk music traditions! We celebrate the diverse immigrant life of our Lower East Side neighborhood with performances by klezmer clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch and band; drummer …
Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood. This block party, which began as a celebration of Jewish and Chinese culture, has become the Museum at Eldridge Street’s signature event with thousands of people joining us every year. By popular demand we have expanded the festival to also showcase the contributions of the neighborhood’s Puerto Rican community. What to expect? Lots of fun, including klezmer, cantorial, Chinese opera, Puerto Rican folk music, Hebrew and Chinese scribal…
Join us on Tuesday evenings this summer when we stay open late! Take a twilight synagogue tour, view our “Lost Synagogues” exhibition, and savor the magical changing light in our landmark site as the sun sets. The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent 1887 National Historic Landmark. During our Twilight Tuesdays, we will offer one-hour tours on the synagogue’s history, architecture and restoration. at 5, 6 and 7 pm.