Eldridge Street Synagogue

At the turn of the 20th century, the Lower East Side emerged as the most densely populated Jewish community on the planet! Running for their lives, escaping pogroms and prosecution, more than 2.5 million Jews immigrated to America; nearly 85 percent of them came to New York City, with the vast majority settling on the…

Lower East Side – New York’s Tower of Babel

Around the beginning of the 20th century, the Lower East Side could rival the biblical Tower of Babel, accommodating hordes of new immigrants from all over the world. In fact, by 1910, it became the most densely populated place in the world! The statistics are staggering: per 5,000 sq ft, the Lower East Side had 70…

Appetizing on the Lower East Side

Introduced by Eastern European Jews, who typically started their meals with cold appetizers, “Appetizing” is a Jewish contribution to the eclectic world of New York’s ethnic food traditions. Jewish dietary laws dictate that meat and dairy products must be separated. Since they cannot be eaten or sold together, they require separate shops. Stores selling cured…

Five Points

Five Points, the neighborhood once so foul that it had to be erased from the face of Manhattan, and the streets that formed these five points — re-arranged. As the name suggests, the neighborhood was centered around the five-pointed intersection created by Orange Street (now Baxter Street), Cross Street (now Mosco Street), and Anthony Street…