Lower east side

Lower East Side, 5 Towns Now Weighing Fortunes

With Silver convicted and Skelos’ trial ending, the two iconic Jewish areas could take a funding hit.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

With the corruption conviction last week of former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represented the Lower East Side, and the corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-L.I.) coming to an end, the impact of these high-profile cases on the Jewish community is being weighed.

Convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, top, and indicted former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Getty Images

Streit’s Lower East Side Factory Building Sells For $30.5 Million

05/12/2015 - 20:00

The Streit’s Matzo company is selling its 90-year-old Lower East Side matzah factory building for $30.5 million.

‘The Religion Of Art’ On The Lower East Side

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With the passing earlier this month of Judith Malina, the co-founder of the Living Theatre, the Lower East Side lost one of its true artistic pioneers. But while Malina was associated with the heyday of the counterculture in the 1960s, the neighborhood has continued to support a vibrant experimental theater scene until the present day, and to nurture the careers of a plethora of Jewish artists.

Clove Galilee is the subject of new one-woman play. Quincy Stamper

LES Shtiebel Wins Round In Court Fight

As real estate turns ‘toxic,’ AG reverses course on sale to developer.

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Some people like to hear concerts in football stadiums, and some like to pray in vast cathedrals. However, aficionados are often minimalists, preferring jazz in clubs, or hockey on frozen ponds. Lower East Side tourists follow guidebooks to the Eldridge Street Synagogue, now a museum, or the Bialystoker Synagogue, still in daily use, but the shtiebel — a vest-pocket shul, not much larger than a living room or a two-car garage — was once the shul of choice on the Lower East Side.

The Home of the Sages shul is inside this senior center on Willett Street on the Lower East Side. Michael Datikash/JW

Manhattan Synagogue Members In Court To Stop Sale Of Building

04/14/2015 - 20:00

Members of a Manhattan synagogue are asking a judge to halt the sale of their building in a deal made without their knowledge.

At Streit’s 90-Year-Old Lower East Side Factory, ‘The Men’ Turn Out Their Last Matzah Batch

02/25/2015 - 19:00

Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids becoming too nostalgic.

Lower Insider

A walking tour of the fast-disappearing Lower East Side with its unlikeliest chronicler.

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Special to The Jewish Week

To civic boosters, it’s the rejuvenated haven, once slum, known as the Lower East Side. To Clayton Patterson, on a bitter winter day, it’s a frigid burial ground.

Clayton Patterson with Nikki Russ Federman in Russ and Daughters, the iconic Lower East Side appetizing shop.

Streit’s Closing Lower East Side Matzah Factory After 90 Years

01/06/2015 - 19:00

Streit’s said it will close the company’s 90-year-old matzah factory on New York’s 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.

08/18/2013 - 20:00
Food & Wine Editor

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
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