June 3, Period 2, Summer 2024

The Lower East Side

The bulk of immigrants who came to New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries settled into crowded tenements on the Lower East Side. In the 1840s, large numbers of German immigrants settled there. They were followed by groups of Italians and Eastern European Jews, as well as Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Slovaks and Ukrainians, each of whom settled in relatively homogeneous enclaves. By 1920, the Jewish neighborhood was the largest of these ethnic groupings, with 400,000 people crowded into this relatively small area. From the comforts of our plush chairs, let’s take a trip to the Lower East Side and visit Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes, Katz’s Deli, Anshe Chesed, the Romanites, the Daily Forward, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, and the First Roumanian-American Congregation.

Course Dates:

Course time:
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Instructor: Martin Schneit

Course Type: Zoom