Lower East Side

New 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.

Delancey and Clinton Street Traffic Jam, 1923

Delancy and Clinton Street Traffic Jam, 1923

Imagine coming off the Williamsburg Bridge into this mess at Delancey and Clinton Streets on the Lower East Side.  It's enough to send you right back to Brooklyn.  The traffic jam depicted in this 1923 Black and White photo shows a snarl up of cars, trolleys, and the Third Avenue Rail line.  Even by today's standards this is vehicular congestion of epic proportions.

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Performing the Rite of Tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

Performing the Rite of Tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

Every year for hundreds of years on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, Jews perform the Rite of Tashlikh, casting crumbs of bread, symbolic of their sins, into a flowing body of water. Here, in 1910, a group of women and girls cast their sins off from the Williamsburg Bridge into the East River. Jews in New York City still perform Tashlikh on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

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Pretzel Vendor on the Lower East Side, 1903

Pretzel Vendor on the Lower East Side, 1903

A pretzel vendor sits, contentedly smoking his pipe, on the Lower East Side, 1903. Assuming the sign for the event at Webster Hall is recent, it's a beautiful day in October. A man dozes in the rear left, and a cat does the same on the pavement beneath a sign for Juicy Fruit gum. To the right of the Juicy Fruit ad is a sign advertising Harry Houdini.

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Rabbi and Student on the Lower East Side, 1907

Rabbi and Student on the Lower East Side, 1907

A rabbi and his student read together on the Lower East Side in 1907. The rabbi wear a tallis, or prayer shawl, and yarmulke, while the boy wears only a simple cap. They appear to be standing in alley, but seem so intent on their text that they appear not to notice the grungy surroundings.

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