LES History Month

May is Lower East Side History Month!


Lower East Side History Month was founded ten years ago by local groups in the hope that a collective celebration of our stories and peoples would strengthen our sense of community.

Honoring the history of this community together is one element in working collaboratively to sustain an inclusive LES – despite waves of change and displacement.

The Lower East Side has been home to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander peoples, to LGBTQ communities, to artists, radicals, organizers, immigrants, refugees, and workers. In May, we celebrate their past stories and their presence today.

Over 70 Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents will host a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and festivals.

We invite you to celebrate the LES with us!


This May, over 70 organizations will celebrate the diverse peoples, communities, and histories of the Lower East Side!

The 4th Street Photo Gallery, 6th & B Garden, Abrons Arts Center, Art Loisaida Foundation, Artists Alliance Inc., Bond Street Theatre, Bullet Space, Chen Dance Center, Chinatown Partnership, The Clemente, Cooper Square Committee, Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, Creative Time, Downtown Art, Earth Celebrations, East Village Community Coalition, East Village Independent Merchants Association, East Village Vintage Collective, FABnyc, FRIGID New York, Good Old Lower East Side, Grand Street Settlement, Green Map System, Hester Street Fair, IATI Theater, International Center of Photography, Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, KGB Bar and Red Room, La MaMa ETC, La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, Loisaida Inc., Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Lower East Side History Project, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, Magnum Foundation, Merchant’s House Museum, Metropolitan Playhouse, Middle Collegiate Church, Museum at Eldridge Street, Museum of Chinese in America, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, Nazareth Housing, New York Marble Cemetery, New York Neo-Futurists, New York Theatre Workshop, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Office of State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Office of City Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Office of City Councilmember Christopher Marte, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Poetic Theater Productions, The Poetry Project, Printed Matter/St Marks, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition, Sixth Street Community Center, Tenement Museum, Think!Chinatown, Theater for the New City, The Ukrainian Museum, University Settlement, Village Alliance, Village Preservation, wild project, WOW Café Theater