The Lower East Side Heritage Collection Pt. 2
Annotation:Main navigation page for the entire LES Heritage Collection.
Annotation:Twenty seven short stories joined by the theme of regeneration of the self in America. Taken together, they comprise a portrait of immigrant Jews – particularly women – on the Lower East Side in the early 20th Century.
Annotation:The Educational Alliance, established in 1881, is a Lower East Side social institution that provides arts education, programs in Jewish culture, youth summer camping, and social services for all ages. Surveys the history and development of the Alliance over its first 100 years.
Annotation:Follows a teacher at the former Seward Park High School through the academic year 1987-88. Examines how her students – mostly Chinese and Dominican immigrants -- succeeded in a decrepit school, amid overcrowding, violence, and poverty.
Annotation:William Lehr tells the story of his divided family. He is torn by sympathy for his unhappy, helpless mother and fear and loathing of his brutish father. Ultimately he finds a life and identity of his own.
Annotation:Discusses the life and far-reaching accomplishments of Lillian Wald (1867-1940), founder of Henry Street Settlement, and New York City’s Visiting Nurse Service. Includes the play Lillian Wald: At Home on Henry Street by Clare Coss, and selected writings by Lillian D. Wald, including letters and speeches.
Annotation:The thirteen model tenements of the York Avenue Estate were built in response to appalling conditions in which New York’s working poor were forced to live, especially in the tenements of the Lower East Side. Built as experimental housing using the most progressive design of the time, the Estate influenced subsequent private and governmentsponsored housing developments for decades to come.
Annotation:A history of the department stores of early 20th century New York, several of which – Lord and Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Wanamaker’s, and F.A.O. Schwartz – were founded on the Lower East Side.
Annotation:White, an architect, tells the story of manmade New York City. He presents New York’s buildings, bridges, parks, parkways, subways, and sewers in the context the web of social, political, economic, and technological forces behind their construction and existence
Annotation:A guide to the Lower East Side with special attention paid to its historical and current function as a shopping and bargain mecca. Includes a list of Lower East Side “firsts” (p. 12).
Annotation:Explores the position of poor and middle class women in New York up to the Civil War. Discusses crises of family and identity as women entered the worlds of work and politics, as well as the personal and political conflicts between the two classes of women.
Annotation:Born in Vitebsk, Russia in 1905 or 1906, Sam Dolgoff was raised on the Lower East Side. He played an active role in the anarchist movement for most of the 20th century. He recounts his many association with anarchists and anarchist groups worldwide, and his work as editor of The Vanguard, and his co-founding of the Libertarian League.
Annotation:Landsmanshaftn were European Jewish fraternal organizations. These survived in the New World and tied members to the shtletl by way of kin, community, and culture. They provided newly arrived immigrants with economic help, advice, and offered a psychic and spiritual haven in a frightening new world. Draws on first hand accounts and documentary materials.
Annotation:120 photographs from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Remarkable for clarity, definition and detail, the prints comprise a richly evocative portrait of turnof- the-century life. Includes photos of Whitehall, Fulton, and Hester Streets, Battery Park, the Downtown Athletic Club, Delmonico’s, the Bowery, Moe Levy and Company, Tompkins Square Park.
Annotation:Examines Dorothy Day’s role as editor, publisher, and chief writer of the Catholic Worker, the radical newspaper started on the Lower East Side in 1933. A full-length scholarly study of the newspaper, which advocated the union of Catholicism with concern for social justice and personal activism.
Annotation:A collection of essays, many originally published in Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, of which Schneider is co-founder. This guide to integrating Jewish traditions and beliefs into a modern lifestyle confronts problems concerning marriage, divorce, children and male-dominated rituals.
Annotation:A history and analysis of immigration to U.S. cities, as it pertains to the structure of ethnic relations in America. Revised 1984 edition includes a new essay on assimilation, and discussion of immigration restriction includes the wave of immigration since first publication in 1975.
Annotation:Tracks the life of opera singer Richard Tucker. He was raised and trained as a cantor on New York’s Lower East Side, and rose to international stardom in his thirty years with the Metropolitan Opera.
Annotation:Herbert S. Goldstein (1890-1970) was the first Americanborn, Ivy League-educated orthodox rabbi. He led the hugely successful Jewish revival movement, and created the model for the Jewish community center – a synagogue that embraced many activities in one institution.