The Lower East Side Jewish Heritage Walking Tour # 2
Meet at the Northeast Corner 2nd Ave. & East Houston
also known as:
The Synagogues / Settlement Houses of the Lower East Side Walking Tour
About 2½ hours long or a 3 hour or a 3½ hour version
This Walking Tour of the Lower East Side's Past and the Present Features:
A walk through the Lower East Side to: Delancey St., Orchard St., Allen St., Henry St., Hester St., Norfolk St., E. Houston St., Clinton St., Rivington St., West Broadway and Broome St.
For the 2½ hour tour each participant is given an itinerary with 18 stops that includes 5 New York City landmarks and 3 national landmarks
For the 3½ hour tour each participant is given an itinerary with 23 stops that include 8 New York City and 5 national landmarks.
I will discuss history and architecture along with some interesting pictures and stories that will help us understand some aspects of the 19th Century Jewish immigrant experience on the Lower East Side.
Stops included on the 2½ hour tour::
- Katz Deli "Send a Salami to Your Son in the Army"
- A tenement style synagogue building no longer used as a synagogue
- "V. Lenin" on the Red Square
- A theater that was the "Houston Hippodrome / Nickelodeon" between 1909 & 1917 featuring Yiddish plays & Yiddish Vaudeville
- Congregation Bnai Jacob Anshe Brzezan (Sons of Jacob, People of Brzezan) a tenement style syngogue still in use
- Site of Shapiro’s Winery (Kosher) from 1899 to 2002
- Originally: the "Forward Building" also known as the "Jewish Daily" or the "Yiddish Daily"
- The Educational Alliance America's first settlement house
- Mural depicting over a hundred years of Jewish history on the Lower East Side from the mid 19th century until the mid 20th century
- Bialystoker Synagogue (the oldest building in NY to currently house a synagogue)
- The original Henry Street Settlement Houses began as townhouses for well to do German Jewish immigrants
- Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, The oldest orthodox congregation continually housed in the same building in New York & the oldest Eastern European Jewish congregation in N.Y.
The oldest Russian Orthodox Jewish congregation in the U.S.A.
The first and last "Chief Rabbi of New York City"
- The oldest building built as a Synagogue in New York (now an artist studio, gallery and cultural center)
- The second oldest synagogue in New York
- The site of The Romanian Shul, the first Romanian congregation in America
- A townhouse from 1840 was converted to a Talmud Torah
- Landmark part of the Neighborhood Playhouse from 1915
- Erste Warshawer also known as: The First Warsaw Congregation, 1903, - now artist studios & residential
- Built as Arnold Toynbee Hall Settlement House in 1904,and became a Mikvah in 1940
- A building that originally built as a bathhouse in 1905
- The site of Gus's Pickle, the pickle store / factory made famous in the movie, Crossing Delancey & then moved here
- The landmark Issac Ludlam House from 1826
- A building that was originally, The Bank of The United States, and then home to the Hebrew Publishing Co. for 47 years
- Streit's matzoh factory, the oldest, largest, family owned matzoh factory in America
- site of the Garden Cafeteria 1920’s to 60’s. a meeting place (24 hr coffee shop) for Jewish poets, writers, actors
- 19th Century tenements, synagogues and institutional buildings still here on the Lower East Side and more
- Optional: Beauty of Jerusalem, one of the oldest Hebrew Schools on the Lower East Side and in the U.S.
Stops included on the 3 hour tour::
- The Eldridge Street Synagogue (Eddie Cantor)
- Find Out about: Seward Park - Hester Street and the building that was home to the Klatzker Brotherly Aid Society in 1900
- Originally: the Jarmulousky Bank from 1895, founded by Sender Jarmulowsky - rages to riches
- optional: the site where Ira Gershwin was born
Stops included on the 3 ½ tour::
Guided by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an informative native New Yorker, an author of four Manhattan guide books published by The History Press
- Pike St. Synagogue, now a Buddhist temple & apts.
- Henry St. a street from the past
- Shearith Israel's oldest surviving cemetery in New York, the oldest Jewish congregation in North America
and a Licensed New York City guide with 27 years experience researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
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