Lower east side

Eye On The Lower East Side

Think photos of the Lower East Side and you might well conjure up Jacob Riis’ grainy black and white images, Hebrew signs hanging from stoop steps, pushcarts lining crowded streets.  Or perhaps you’re remembering more recent images ‒ burnt-out buildings, gangs and cigarette butts hanging from slack mouths during the ’70s. Maybe for you, the Lower East Side is all about discount Sunday shopping in the ‘80s. But it’s not the old neighborhood anymore, as Sally Davies’ “Photographs of the Lower East Side” -- now on view on 57th Street -- at the Bernarducci  Meisel Gallery make clear.

"Rearview Snowstorm," 2010. ©Sally Davies

Bialy Buy-Out

Kossar's Bialys has a new pair of owners with plans for growth.

Food & Wine Editor
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Kossar’s Bialys, known to many as a Lower East Side landmark, is under new ownership.

After approximately 15 years of owning the 77-year-old kosher bakery, husband and wife owners Juda and Debra Engelmayer sold the bakery Thursday night to Marc Halprin and Evan Giniger, food industry professionals.

“The right opportunity came along, and they’re people who are really into the food business and can make the brand something bigger,” Juda Engelmayer said. “They want to nationalize bialys. They want to make it as exciting as a bagel.”

Kossar's Bialys on 367 Grand Street. Photo courtesy Juda Engelmayer

Egg Rolls And Egg Creams

Our blogger strolls through Eldridge Street's annual festival.

Special To The Jewish Week
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If you thought the only day for the Jews and the Chinese to revel in each other’s tradition was Christmas, think again. Now in its 13th year, the annual Egg Creams and Egg Rolls Festival hosted by the Museum at Eldrige Street brings together at least 10,000 people each year to celebrate the past and present of the Lower East Side. And for just $5, you can get a taste of both cultures in the form of greasy egg rolls and frothy egg creams.

The salt of an egg roll pairs deliciously with a sweet egg cream, our blogger found at an annual festival in Chinatown. Fotolia

Tracking Tenement Gems

The stone faces that look at us from New York City buildings are called grotesques. On the Lower East Side, they form another layer in the city’s immigrant history.

The Tangled History of Shuls and Real Estate

Had it been two blocks south and a bit farther east, the 16th Street Synagogue would have been included in Gerard R. Wolfe’s excellent new edition of his classic work,  “The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side: A Retrospective and Contemporary View,” (Empire State Editions/Fordham University Press). That shul, formerly the Young Israel of Fifth Avenue, is being evicted from its building, after a long dispute with a developer.

Those interested in New York City’s building genealogy and the intertwining connections between real estate interests, immigrant history, shifting populations and synagogue life will find much of interest in Wolfe’s book, first published in 1978. He details the active synagogues (12) and the “lost” or endangered synagogues (24), and also includes a great chronological chart documenting shul mergers and breakaways in New York City, 1654 – 1875.

Back To The Old ’Hood, Again?

Developer’s condo project, June Shabbaton part of latest effort to lure Jews to Lower East Side; eruv ban remains obstacle.

Staff Writer

Michael Bolla, a high-powered real estate broker who lives on the Upper East Side and works on the Lower East Side, was headed to a lunch date along Essex Street last week when a sad sight caught his eye.

Outside Israel Judaica, at a few small tables crammed with old menorahs and candlesticks, the store’s manager, a 50ish woman, stood at the ready to sell her wares to the rare interested passerby, and buried her head in her hands.

Bolla asked what was wrong.

Real estate broker Michael Bolla is developing the Madison-Jackson building on the Lower East Side into a condo site.

J-Care and Project Ezra Hanukkah Package Delivery

Birthright Israel alumni deliver food packages and Chanukah cheer to elderly residents of the Lower East Side.

Emma Goldman: Illegal Alien

Special To The Jewish Week

Note: The thorny issue of America’s immigration policy is never very far from the center of our national political dialogue. On the heels of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, Alabama recently passed one of the toughest anti-immigration statutes in recent history. In addition, the federal government increased its deportation of illegal immigrants by 6 percent in the last two years, to 393,000. And in the most recent debate between GOP presidential hopefuls, Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked former Massachusetts Gov.

Vivian Gornick's biography of Emma Goldman.

More Renaissance Than ëRemnantsí

Associate Editor

The ìlast remnantsî of the Lower East Side?Holly Kaye, founding executive director of the Lower East Side Conservancy and now its consultant, was taken aback reading those words in the Associated Press story about the collapsed roof of the First Roumanian-American Congregation on Rivington Street.

From Relic To Renaissance

Associate Editor
As the Lower East Side continues its evolution from relic to renaissance, “Simply Tsfat” was the music on Clinton Street a few weeks ago, three young Breslovers playing two guitars and a fiddle in the social hall of the Chasam Sofer shul, a relic of the 1800s restored to a 21st-century sheen for a 20s and 30s demographic.
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