Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.


RESx (The Real Estate Show extended)
ABC No Rio
4/10 – 5/8

Wed & Thu @ 2-5PM

156 Rivington St


The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014

Artists Alliance Inc / Cuchifritos Gallery

4/19 – 5/18

Tu-Sun, @ 12-6PM

Opening Reception 4/19 @ 8PM

120 Essex St


No City is an Island (Colab revisited)

The Lodge Gallery

4/10 – 5/11

Wed-Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat/Sun 12pm-10pm

131 Chrystie Street


FABLES: a public art project of FABnyc

5/1 – 7/31

First Street Green, Centre-Fuge Public Art Project, Ideal Glass Gallery, City Lore

Details at www.fabnyc.org/fables.php


Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century

Merchant’s House Museum

5/1 – 6/30

Mon, Thu-Sun 12-5PM

29 E 4th St


Vanished Spaces

ABC No Rio

5/16 – 6/20

Opening reception 5/16 @ 7-10PM

Sun @ 2-5PM, Wed-Thu @ 4-7PM

156 Rivington St




LES History Month

5/2 – 5/4

Locations throughout the LES


Fabric of the LES: A Workroom Social

Made in the Lower East Side (miLES)

5/3 – 5/4 @ 10AM

37 E 1st St


Birthday Block Party!

Henry Street Settlement

5/3 @ 12PM-3Pm

265 Henry St


First Saturdays for Families: Neighborhood

New Museum

5/3 @ 10AM-12PM

235 Bowery


LES History Month’s Opening Picnic on the Pier!

LES History Month

Sun, 5/4 @ 1:30-4PM

Pier 42, East River Park


Back in the Day Play

Grand St. Settlement

5/16 @ 1:15-3:15PM

80 Pitt St (playground)


Sacred Sites Open House

Museum at Eldridge Street

5/18 @ 12-2PM

12 Eldridge Street


Open House, Sharing Stories

Andrew Glover Youth Program

5/20 @ 5-7PM

100 Ave B


Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Theater for the New City

5/23 – 5/24 @ 6PM

155 1st Ave


The Loisaida Street Festival

Loisaida Festival

5/25 @ 12-6PM

Ave C (btw 6th & 12 Streets)


Neighborhood Open House

Tenement Museum

5/31 @ 6-8:30PM

103 Orchard St



Evolving Music Series

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center

Mon, 4/14 – 5/26 @ 7:30-11PM

107 Suffolk St


Klezmer Travels the World with the David Glukh Ensemble

Museum at Eldridge Street

5/18 @ 3-4:30PM

12 Eldridge St


The Shape of Jazz to Come: Downtown Jazz in 1959 and Now

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

5/28 @ 6:30-8:30PM

55 W 13th St



Tenement Talks: How The Other Half Lives

Tenement Museum

Mon, 4/28 @ 6:30-9PM

103 Orchard St


A History of 155 Ave C from the Beginning of the New World to the End of the Derelict Dynasty

Museum of Urban Reclaimed Space (MORUS_

5/2 @ 7-9PM

155 Ave C


The Brides of the Merchant’s House: What They Tell Us about Fashion and Social Customs

Merchant’s House Museum

5/6 @ 6:30-7:30PM

29 E 4th St


Tenement Talks “Family Life” with Akhil Sharma

Tenement Museum

5/7 @ 6:30-8PM
103 Orchard St


Artists at the Vanguard of Gentrification

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MORUS)

5/9 @ 7-9PM

155 Ave C


A Mother’s Day Tribute to Eliza Tredwell

Merchant’s House Museum

5/11 @ 12-5PM

29 E 4th St


You Be The Judge: Jewish Courts of Conciliation in Action

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/13 @ 6:30PM

400 Grand St


MOCATALKS: David Henry Hwang & Huang Ruo on “An American Soldier,” an opera

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)

5/15 @ 7-9PM

215 Centre St


Making Italian America

Tenement Museum

5/14 @ 6:30-8PM

103 Orchard St


America’s Romance with Chocolate: A Sweet Social History

Merchant’s House Museum

5/21 @ 6:30-7:30PM

29 E 4th St


Tenement Talks: Urban Appetites

Tenement Museum

5/21 @ 6:30-8PM

103 Orchard St


A Dialogue on Neighborhood & Civic Projects

Made in Lower East Side (MiLES) & Manny Cantor Center

5/21 @ 7-9PM

197 E Broadway


The Production of Nabe: Loisaida’s land use and environmental activism, past and present

Loisaida Festival & GOLES

5/24 @ 2-6PM

701 E 9th St


On the Block: Capturing the Disappearing Storefronts of the LES

LES Preservation Initiative

5/28 @ 6:30-8:30PM

232 E 11th St



Cafetal Social Club

Open daily for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and apertivos

Sun-Thu @ 8AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 8AM-11PM

285 Mott St


Food Tour of the Essex Street Market

Enthusiastic Gourmet / Essex Street Market

5/10 @ 11AM-1PM

120 Essex Street


MOVEABLE FEAST: An Afternoon in the Lower East Side

Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

5/18 @ 2-6PM

Corner of Bowery & Houston (Liz Christy Garden)



East Village Stories

Metropolitan Playhouse

Daily, 4/14 – 5/4 @ 7PM, Sat-Sun @ 1PM & 4PM

220 E 4th St


The News – an outdoor performance

Downtown Art

Sat, 5/3 – 5/24 @ 1-2PM, 5/10 @ 3:30-4:30PM

Location TBA – www.downtownart.org


Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Dixon Place

5/5 @ 7:30PM

161A Chrystie St


The Waistmaker’s Opera

Downtown Art

5/21 – 5/23 @ 7:30-9:30PM

184 Eldridge St


Performing Loisaida

Loisaida Festival & City Lore

5/23 @ 7-11PM

56 E 1st St


Sarah Jones: a new work in progress

Nuyorican Poets Café

5/28 @ 6:30-8:30PM

236 E 3rd St



Synagogue Tours

Museum at Eldridge Street

Sun-Thu, 5/1 – 5/29 @ 10AM-5PM

12 Eldridge St


Chinatown: A Walk Through History

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)

Sat, 5/3 – 5/31 @ 1-2:30PM

215 Centre St


Crossing Delancey Tour

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/4 @ 10:45AM

400 Grand St


Bialystoker the Beautiful: A Tour

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/4 @ 11AM & 3PM

400 Grand St


Renewability & the Lower East Ride

Green Map NYC

5/4 @ 1-3PM

Meet at Tompkins Square Park on E 9th St


Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder

Merchant’s House Museum

5/4 – 5/25 @ 1-2PM

29 E 4th St


Gallery Highlights Tour

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

5/4 @ 2:30-3:30PM

215 Centre St


Radical Alphabet City Tour

Museum of Urban Reclaimed Space (MORUS)

5/4 & 5/18 @ 3-5PM

155 Ave C


Shine a Light – Neon Tour of the LES

LES Preservation Initiative

5/8 @ 6:30-8:30PM

302 E 12th St


Teeming Tenements Transformed: A Lower East Side Walking Tour

Friends of the Lower East Side

5/10 @ 12-2PM

SE corner of Delancey & Orchard St


A Walking Tour of Republic of 9th Street with Jerry the Peddler

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MORUS)

5/10 @ 1-3PM

155 Ave C


Alphabet City Squats and Gardens Tour

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MORUS)

Sat, 5/10 – 5/24 @ 3-5PM

155 Ave C


Yiddish Mamas – Mother’s Day Walking Tour

Museum of Eldridge Street

5/11 @ 11AM-12:30PM

12 Eldridge St


Heroines of the Lower East Side: A Special Mother’s Day Historic Walking Tour

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/11 @ 10:45AM

400 Grand St

Strauss Square (btw E Broadway & Canal St)


Lag B’omer Family Picnic & Tour of the Stanton Street Synagogue

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/18 @ 11:30AM

180 Stanton St


Lower East Side: Then and Now Walking Tour

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

5/25 @ 10:45AM

400 Grand St


From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls Walking Tour

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

5/31 @ 1-2:30PM

215 Centre St



May Day Literacy Celebration with Pen World Voices

Nuyorican Poets Café

5/1 @ 7-9PM

236 E 3rd St


Shipbuilders and Shipbuilding in the Dry Dock District, 1805-1875

LES Preservation Initiative & Art Loisaida Foundation

5/7 @ 5-6:30PM

331 E 10th St


Book Review: Before and Behind The Curtain

Art Loisaida Foundation & LES Preservation Initiative

5/17 @ 2-4PM

331 E 10 St


Spring Dance Fundraiser

East Village Dance Project

5/4 @ 4-7PM

55 Ave C


La MaMa Moves presents embrace

La MaMa E.T.C.

5/2 – 5/4 @ 5:30-6:30PM

74 E 4th St


La MaMa Moves presents a Benefit Dance Concert: Dancing for Japan

La MaMa E.T.C.

5/7 @ 7:30-9PM