LES History Month

May is Lower East Side History Month!

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Lower East Side History Month was launched nine years ago in the hope that a collective celebration of our neighborhood would strengthen our connection to each other and strengthen our sense of community.

Finding ways to come together to share stories, honor neighbors, respect histories—to remember our roots, past struggles, and past joys—feels profoundly important. It’s clear that the bonds of community have been critical in sustaining us as we navigate overlapping crises of health, economic survival, and the ongoing battle for racial justice. Our history sheds light on our present and can motivate us to continue building a future of mutual support, respect, and inclusion.

We invite you to celebrate the LES with us! Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents will host a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities. Celebrations proudly feature Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other community histories of the LES as defined by its historical boundaries which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida.


This May, over 75 organizations will honor the multi-layered, diverse history of the Lower East Side in celebration of Lower East Side History Month!


A Abrons Arts Center, Art Loisaida Foundation, Artists Alliance Inc. B Bullet Space C Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Chen Dance Center, Chinatown Partnership, City Lore, Cooper Square Committee, The Clemente, Creative Time D Dorill Initiative, Downtown Art E Earth Celebrations, East Village Community Coalition, East Village Independent Merchants Association, East Village Vintage Collective, Exit9 Gift Emporium F FABnyc, First Street Green, The Fragrance Shop G GOH Productions, Good Old Lower East Side, Grand Street Settlement, Green Map System H Hester Street Fair I IATI Theater, International Center of Photography K Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum L La MaMa ETC, La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, LES Ready!, Lo Fi Dance Theory, Loisaida Inc., Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative M M’Finda Kalunga Garden, Magnum Foundation, Mark DeGarmo Dance, Middle Collegiate Church, MoustacheCat Dance, Movement Research, Museum at Eldridge Street, Museum of Chinese in America, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space N New York Marble Cemetery, New York Neo-Futurists, New York Theatre Workshop, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development O Office of Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Office of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Orchard Alley P The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Poetic Theater Productions, Printed Matter/St Marks, The Poetry Project R Random Accessories, Rod Rodgers Dance Company S Sara D Roosevelt Park Community Coalition, Sixth Street Community Center, Swiss Institute T Teatro Círculo, Trinity Church, Tenement Museum, Think!Chinatown, Theater for the New City, The Ukrainian Museum V Village Alliance, Village Preservation, Vision Urbana, Inc. W WOW Café Theater # The 4th Street Photo Gallery, 6th & B Garden