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.
Performing the Rite of Tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

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Pretzel Vendor on the Lower East Side, 1903

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Rabbi and Student on the Lower East Side, 1907

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