Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Lower East Side

After walking the Manhattan Bridge, I found myself on the Lower East Side. I was in need of a bathroom and low and behold, I passed the Seward Park Library. This library was open ninteen hours a day and housed a large collection of Yiddish books. Today there is a large collection of Chinese and Korean books and a small collection of Yiddish books.

Even the tenements had interesting architecture.

This street held many store front synagogues. It was the only connection many had to their home towns. By the 1920's,there were 100's of these. Now, this is the only block left and many of these are in disrepair and abandoned.

An old building, undergoing renovations. I'm glad the facade is being kept. It is too beautiful of a building to destroy.

City Hall--view from Canal Street.

The Educational Alliance, founded by wealthy German jews to help assimilate immigrants into American society. Today it services immigrants from all nations.


Ms. Tsouris said...

The Educational Alliance was formerly called the Hebrew Educational Alliance. Not only did they help Jewish immigrants from Europe, but provided the community with classes for various age groups. We lived in Brooklyn, and my sister took art classes at the "H.E.S", which is how we referred to this wonderful organization that is still giving to the community.

Anonymous said...

The next to last sign, black on white fastened to something red, is that Yiddish?

Can you translate it? A name?

Pissedoffteacher said...

These are or were all synagogues. Sorry, I can't help. It must be Yiddish.

Anonymous said...

I just don't know how to string the letters together, but the combinations make me suspicious that that one sign is Yiddish, not Hebrew. I'll try to get someone to read it...