Lower East Side

Lower East SideNew York’s Lower East Side, also known as the LES, is one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, and one with a rich immigrant history. Home to Irish, Italians, Poles, Ukrainians, Germans and other ethnic groups, at one time or another, it is most famously known for being the center of Jewish culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Bordered by China Town, NoLita, and the East Village, the LES has in recent years undergone rapid gentrification, and is now on The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America's Most Endangered Places. The H.A. Dunne collection of vintage Lower East Side images, including photos of Little Italy and Chinatown, captures the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest immigrant cities.
Bowery and Canal Street, 1929

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Cherry Street and Rutgers Slip, c. 1890

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Corlears Hook Park and Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

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Curbside Carts in Little Italy, 1920

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Delancy and Clinton Street Traffic Jam, 1923

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Doyers Street, July 4, 1905

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Hester and Clinton Streets, Summer 1905

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How ya doin', circa 1910

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Ice Cream Seller Outside Jewish Daily News, c. 1895

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Kids Cool Off in a Sprinkler on the Lower East Side, 1923

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Mulberry Street, 1905, looking north toward Canal Street

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New Jewish Market, Lower East Side, 1900

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