A few weeks ago I decided to sign up for a free walking tour of the lower east side. I had moved to the area six weeks prior and wanted to learn more about the history of the area. The Lower East Side was once the hub of Jewish Immigration in New York City and much of the historical sites are still intact. We set out in a group of 12 to see a few of those landmark sites and hear more about their history. A few of the highlights from the tour are below with links to learn more about them if you are interested.
1. Loews Movie Theatre from the 20s-50s. It held 2000 seats and this was one of New Yorks first major movie theaters.
2. Hester street was famous for their big street fairs. Many of the vendors were pickle stands.
3. Tenement Housing- Rough and almost inhumane living conditions were the recognizable aspects of these early 1900s buildings.
4. Adath Jashurun Synagogue on Rivington
5. University settlement - An immigration reform program for social and educational welfare for NYC immigrants.