Veselka means...

“rainbow” in Ukrainian. Veselka opened in 1954.

In 1935...

First Houses was built on East 3rd Street. It’s the first public housing project in the U.S.

The Women's Prison Association...

was founded at 110 2nd Avenue.

In 2002...

C-Squat became legal after 13 years of homesteading. It now houses The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.

Wesley August Williams...

became the first black firefighter to Integrate Engine 55 in 1919.

M'Finda Kalunga Garden...

is named in memory of the Second African Burial Ground, meaning ” Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in Kikongo language.

In 1975...

Miguel Algarin, Miguel Pinero, Bimbo Rivas, and others opened Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Robert “Bob” Humber
Chino García
James Maher Photography: East Village Stories
1863 The Civil War Draft Riots: An Attack on Black New Yorkers
Cooper Square Committee
Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
Beatriz Torres Guzman
Debra Jeffreys-Glass
Steve Cannon
Sandra Strother
Ruth Taube