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Old New York in Colour - Part III - Lower East Side

- Franny Wentzel - Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 : goo

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From the Charles W. Cushman collection of colour photographs - This set taken in 1942

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New York City Lower East Side Flat bldgs. Clinton St.

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Residents of lower Clinton St near East river Saturday afternoon

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Lower East Side Corner Broome St. Baruch Pl. Saturday afternoon

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Stores near corner of Broome St. and Baruch Place, Lower East Side. New York City

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On New York's lower East Side.

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Tower of Brooklyn Bridge from South St. Manhattan

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Looking up Fulton St. from South St. New York City.

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Above river side drive just north of George. Washington Bridge

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Lower Manhattan

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Doorway - Lower East Side. Manhattan Sunday morning

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Old lady reads Sunday paper. Lower East Side N.Y.C.

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Poverty, young and old, black and white.

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Crowd gathers during Salvage collection in lower East Side.

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Collecting the salvage on lower East Side.

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Sunday sees airing of bed rooms.

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West Canal St.

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A corner on west Canal St.

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New York Street Scene, Lower East Side

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These two live in a big new housing project. Big brother near the East River.

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Corner of Broome St. & Baruch Pl. Sunday

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N.W. corner DeLancey & Lewis Sts.

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Lewis St. North of Delancey

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These boys live here. Block north of Wmsbgh Bridg

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Hot sweet potatoes.

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A block between Avenues A and B.

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Lower First Avenue is spruce looking

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N.E. corner 1st St. and the Bowery

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S. E. corner 1st St. and the Bowery

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Italian bake shop Mid-Manhattan Below Canal St. 58 Mulberry St. New York

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Municipal towers in early morning

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Municipal Bldg. From Park Row

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Corner of Pearl St.

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Municipal Bldg. Tower thru 3rd Ave. L.

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View up Moss Ave.

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Street in New York's Chinatown

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In N.Y.'s Chinatown

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Chinese store windows New York

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East 7th St between 3rd & 2nd

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East 7th St. between 3rd and 2nd Ave.

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Up 4th Ave from Astor Place Cooper Union at right.

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Glen: Priceless pictures, just love em....

jack: franny these are great, thanks.

Stan: I remember.................priceless

Peter: 7th Apr 2010 - 14:11 GMT

priceless, indeed... looking at these is like taking a ride in a time-machine...

Shirley Z: 7th Apr 2010 - 15:08 GMT

Stan: How the heck do you remember. I can't picture any one of these places. They lived on Delancey Street and Cannon St. Eastern Parkway, yes, Lower East Side, no. Bye.

jack: 8th Apr 2010 - 11:15 GMT

it's easy to remember. it was the same in 1948 and i and probably stan were 6 years old and i remember the streets and the people that way.

Esther: our poverty was in the Bronx!

maria: : 9th Apr 2010 - 02:47 GMT

awesome pictures. yep my poverty was in the bx too.

Scott: 9th Apr 2010 - 14:25 GMT

Amazing photos. It's great for people who weren't around in 1942 to look up those addresses and intersections using Google Maps (technology that wasn't even fathomable to the New Yorkers in the photos) and see how they've changed. They're not even recognizable in some instances! Thanks for sharing!

Joe Sanchez [ Picon ]: 10th Apr 2010 - 02:32 GMT

great photos of yesteryear. Arriving from Puerto Rico in 1951-52 and living in the Lower East Side, 2nd Street A & B, at the age of 5, and then a few years later moving to the Bronx, I can appreciate these photos. God bless America and our troops.

anon ( sick pics

GAYNOR: 12th Apr 2010 - 11:45 GMT

Amazing - what an insight into New York life at that time. Real, Real people who experienced real, real life.

Michelle: 13th Apr 2010 - 14:04 GMT

This is such a great post! Wow, what a piece of history!

Tony: 13th Apr 2010 - 15:12 GMT

Awesome historical pictures!!! I absolutely LOVE them!!!

McSoreleys!: 13th Apr 2010 - 19:01 GMT

Wonderful photos. Loved McSoreley's when I lived there.

Roger: 13th Apr 2010 - 19:06 GMT

Totally enchanting,the photographers captured the life and soul of the place in a very compelling and moving way.Wonderful.

Roadhouse Vic: 14th Apr 2010 - 01:42 GMT

Magnificent. I really enjoyed this. Thanks for posting them.

william ( blackie ) mazzeo: 14th Apr 2010 - 02:16 GMT

great pics, i drove a bus in 1954 the ave B & east broadway line also the grand street line .

Randall: 14th Apr 2010 - 02:18 GMT

I have quite a few photos from the mid 70's of demolitions and abandoned tenements in this area, and yes, it's changed dramatically, I'm amazed in google streetview.
In the 70's this area was a horrible drug infested slum of the worst kind,it was a war zone!


Randall: 14th Apr 2010 - 02:21 GMT

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Here's a sample, 127 & 129 Pitt st, demolished circa 1979. 129- the taller building was built in 1901, 127 dates to a few years before then.

Will S: 15th Apr 2010 - 02:36 GMT

What memories to see 2nd Street and 2nd Ave (N/E corner) and the famous Moscowitz and Lupowitz Restaurant. I can remember running to the corner on a Sunday just before 5 pm. to await the arrival of a VIP. At 5 o'clock a limousine would pull up (and this was when a limousine meant someone very important/rich) and out would step Duncan Rinaldo in full costume. If you don't recognize the name then shame on you. Duncan Rinaldo was "THE CISCO KID". I must have had 10 dozen of his autographs.

Moving on to the next tearjerker is McSorley's where the Giants use to show up frequently after a game. Again, I must have had a few hundred autographs of those heroes.

Someone pass the tissues.

Masha Chaya Mastin: 15th Apr 2010 - 09:41 GMT

Seeing the pictures of the Lower East Side brought back memories when I was little and lived in New York.Especially the old Jewish section.It is good to see where my American roots came from.As I said before it brought back memories when my parents took my sister and myself to get the monthly supplies of underwear,pajamas,and other stuff when we were small.My two late cousins had their jewelry businesses there.It has changed and everything had to move somewhere else.

Scott: 15th Apr 2010 - 15:45 GMT

I'm 25 and was told by everyone to go to McSorley's the last time I went to NYC. I'm not a native New Yorker, but it looks exactly the same.

remaras: Lovely collection of vintage images

howie: 15th Apr 2010 - 18:16 GMT

Mom born in NYC 1920 then moved to Chicago. I myself lived in Manhattan and Bklyn for some years in late-60s and 70s. Pls. NOTE: the streets and sidewalks and building exteriors in these photos are relatively CLEAN. Very little garbage and crap on streets; no grafitti. The civic ethic has degraded since then, all over America. People let children (i.e., little hooligans) paint on walls, and they throw their trash wherever they wish. Dadao Meiguo.

Halloween Jack: 16th Apr 2010 - 15:13 GMT

The janitor at the Brooklyn Public Library branch that I worked at in the early 90s grew up there, and would tell me that, back in the 40s, they still had horse-drawn carts for deliveries and garbage collection. I thought he was pulling my leg. I shouldn't have doubted you, Frank.

Franny Wentzel: 16th Apr 2010 - 19:11 GMT

Back in the 30s and 40s there was still some of the equine infrastructure left and people who did stick to four-legged drive justified it on account of the slow traffic and the necessarily frequent starts and stop.

That and Robert Moses hadn't completely fubared The City with expressways.

rolfe ross: love this stuff...what makes nyc great....

Helen: 19th Apr 2010 - 04:41 GMT

love the old storefronts, not a 99cents store in sight !

Rachel de: 19th Apr 2010 - 05:07 GMT

Great photos! Although ten years earlier than I could even vaguely remember, it looks very much like the world as I knew it; pictures still in my mind. I still live here, and have watched it change from year to year to year. If you're a lower east sider... it is a part of your character forever. There is no place like it, and though extraordinarily different... people here still see the world differently. Perhaps because it is a place where people of so many different origins live side by side in such high density, right beside the hub of Wall Street, and the back then the 'port of new york'. It is a place of infinite possibilities.

PS Where was 129 Pitt Street? Nothing was torn down on the east side[ odd number side] of the street between delancey and houston. The block south of delancey is not the 100 block.

Kiyoshi Kanai: 19th Apr 2010 - 12:19 GMT

McSoreley's was still there in mid 60s when I arrived in NYC.

Dolores Grecco: 19th Apr 2010 - 13:15 GMT

Dear Toni: I loved the pics; When are u going to go back to our (ol) neighborhoodI would really love to see your reaction, some of it has improved and yet some of it has really gone down the drain. I would really love to go back to 70 St. icolas Avenue, but I can't seem to fi nd the courage. I always think of you and remem ber when Mr. Fassella used to come to the center just to chit-chat, were those the good ol days? Always your friend D.

Ed Turner: 19th Apr 2020: 19th Apr 2010 - 13:36 GMT

1942:That was the first year of World War Two for Americans. I lived in Michigan then, eleven going on twelve. No air conditioning. People gathered on the stoop or tar beach on the hot days.

anon ( 19th Apr 2010 - 14:28 GMT

There was a sense of community and vibvrabncy.That is missing now. Jay Lefer, M.D.

Paul: 19th Apr 2010 - 23:47 GMT

I have to wonder about all the "rooms to let". This was the tail end of the depression but I wonder if the rooms were available because of all the men going to war.

Chris Shepherd: 20th Apr 2010 - 01:34 GMT

Joseph Mitchell wrote about McSorley's. You can read it in a collection of his work, Up in the Old Hotel.

Gerard Ryan: 21st Apr 2010 - 13:59 GMT

image 41485This is McSorleys taken in June 2008. Not much difference eh! Thing is though, the Irish aren't big Ale drinkers so I wonder how this idea came about? Being Irish myself of course I know this through experience. Maybe it should be an English Ale House.

Sheila Michaels: 23rd Apr 2010 - 22:12 GMT

The 127 & 129 Pitt St. must have been demolished for the Boys Club or more likely Pueblo Nuevo Housing. People raised racing pigeons on those roofs. I loved watching those pigeons rising into the sky & wheeling around over the houses & Hamilton Fish Park. At night, in summer, guys came out to the park to play bongos. Of course, mostly you couldn't go in because of the drug dealing at night. But now you can't go in because it's fenced in & closed at night: so it's safer, but still not to be used. It's a wash.

Paul G: 25th Apr 2010 - 20:21 GMT

Great stuff. I remember walking thru those lower-Eastside streets (or very near them ) when I was a kid in the 40's to visit an aunt and uncle on E 3rd St. near Avenue A. I also remember my mother taking my brother and I to shop for our winter clothes in that very neighborhood just North of Delacey St. She went there because the neighborhood was renowned for bargains. We lived in the West Village on Thompson St and then Sullivan St between Bleeker and 3rd St. Later, when my parents moved to Grand St in the late 1950's, my father began to hang out in Maxies bar (just south of Delancey St. and a couple of blocks east of Essex St. near the precinct house) where the precinct cops, Jews, and a polyglot of Puerto Ricans, Italians and others hung out. This is a place I will never forget.

Christina: 25th Apr 2010 - 22:35 GMT

if you are Irish. look at "dublin down memory lane" via Facebook. You don't have to register to view photos!

Christina: 25th Apr 2010 - 22:37 GMT

Apologies, forgot to say that these are brilliant photos!

Hermitbiker: 26th Apr 2010 - 11:41 GMT

.... what a fantastic time it must have been back then.... this collection of photographs is priceless !! :)

Patti: 27th Apr 2010 - 12:12 GMT

Loved looking at these pix! They are beautiful to the memories!! I lived uptown 140 W 62nd St. which is now the address of Fordham Law School. Thanks for bringing back warm memories of NYC.

Joe: 27th Apr 2010 - 18:46 GMT

Franny Wentzel's comment: (...Robert Moses hadn't completely fubared The City with expressways") struck a chord. Ah, yes, the almost-forgotten escapades of one Robert Moses and his total destruction of many of the old neighborhoods of the city. Thanks for the comment, Franny, and for the jog to our memories of what the neighborhoods once were.

And thanks for these great photos.

Franny Wentzel: 27th Apr 2010 - 21:41 GMT

I remember from Ken Burns' documentary that the two things that had the greatest negative impact on NYC were Robert Moses' edifice complex and The New Deal. It seems under Roosevelts home mortgage programme, if one Negro lived in a specified neighbourhood, all the Whites would be denied any sort of home loan so that they'd be forced out. After The War, the GI Bill furthered this State-mandated segregation.

anon ( 29th Apr 2010 - 00:31 GMT

Fantastic photos! Really captured life on the streets of NYC....

Deborah [aka Jackieo] London: 2nd May 2010 - 13:31 GMT

I Absolutely Love New York. There is such a spirit and magic about the place that immediately hits you when you arrive, I still feel it every time I visit -These Pictures are brilliant they have definitley captured the 'spirit' of the early years!

Annie Espinal NYC : 17th May 2010 - 12:36 GMT

Wow these photos are fantastic I actually grew up on Norfolk St between Rivington and Stanton Sts on the Lower East side in the last 60's to mid 90's so many changes I have seen this neighborhood go from drug infestation and prostitution and muggings to a total array of boutiques and bars and art.


Magna Cantinho: 21st Jun 2010 - 01:50 GMT

I was looking for where the guru "Phrabupada Swami" talked about the Vedas, the Krisna Conciousness in the 70's, and I found that amazing photos!! I am brazilian!!!
Thank you !!

ken eng: Thanks, for post those nice old phots!

Mark Ross August 5 2010: 5th Aug 2010 - 16:57 GMT

Wonderful pictures. I'm trying to upload one taken on Cannon Street, between Stanton and Houston in l941. A corner of P.S. 188 is peeking at the right rear. I'm in the middle of the group of kids

kayla rober: 14th Sep 2010 - 22:18 GMT

Most wonder full pictures now we can see wat it looked lik in the past!! i look my counrtyit is the best!! thank you for posting those pictures!!!!!!!!:)

Andressa BRASIL: 23rd Sep 2010 - 02:39 GMT

everybody hates chris?



Lynette Benton: 24th Sep 2010 - 20:57 GMT

What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I want to revisit this site again and again. Thank you so much for these fantastic photos! I know almost every street in them.

anon ( 29th Sep 2010 - 21:38 GMT

Love these pictures, my parents from Italy when first married and where I was raised on Henry street until moving to Staten Island in the mid 50's but many memories

Curtis Thomas: 4th Oct 2010 - 23:03 GMT

I look at these pictures and i'm young again, if only in my mind!

babba: poop, piss, pee, crap.

Franny Wentzel: Herren und Damen... Introducing 3P C-oh

anon ( 27th Nov 2010 - 01:05 GMT

Great photos..I grew up on Broome Street in the 50s and nothing today can match the neighborhood spirit that existed in those days.

Any street scenes of kids at play???

Eddie Goldberg

Maria Clara: 15th Dec 2010 - 20:55 GMT

Love these pictures are beautiful, a New York not so different in modern times until today there are neighborhoods like that.

Eu: 15th Dec 2010 - 21:13 GMT

It is the loveliest city, my dream is to meet you, enjoy everything that she can offer me. I dream of this trip since sempre.Correr of the avenues, you smell, taste, see its colors, lights, sound. New York, I love you.

Eu: I am Brazilian, I forgot to say.

iman: 16th Dec 2010 - 02:01 GMT

Eu: My family and I are from NY, and my brother moved to Sao Paulo from there. He said the exact same things about Sao Paulo as you say about NY.

Dana: wow! wonderful, magical, images.

ARTHUR PEISNER: 29th Dec 2010 - 22:55 GMT


Alita Merino : 7th Apr 2011 - 15:40 GMT

I am amazed with old NY and my husband found these photos and sent me the link. Thank you to whomever posted them... they are wonderful. It's good that people still share their memories with the newer generation... it helps us to appreciate what we have now and the struggles our parents and grandparents lived.

Thank you for sharing :)

GARY FRIEDLAND: 5th May 2011 - 22:52 GMT

I took black and white photos of the lower east side in the mid 90's around the same areas, not that big a difference back then compared to 1942. (some push cart pictures and Houston street pictures). very interesting.

GARY FRIEDLAND: 5th May 2011 - 22:52 GMT

I took black and white photos of the lower east side in the mid 90's around the same areas, not that big a difference back then compared to 1942. (some push cart pictures and Houston street pictures). very interesting.

anon ( 17th May 2011 - 19:33 GMT

Beautiful pictures here

James Barnett:28th May 2011-22:56 Gmt: 29th May 2011 - 03:02 GMT

I group on Mangin St between Broome & Grand St. Played stick ball in front of Pewee's
candy store at 26 Broome St. Nothing but a great neighborhood and great people.

Dr.D: 10th Jun 2011 - 06:59 GMT

"Above river side drive just north of George. Washington Bridge"

Wow, my grandparents moved into one of those buildings in 1955. Third one from the front. I don't remember ever seeing them so clean and new looking.

VINCENT GAGLIARDI: 22nd Jun 2011 - 00:55 GMT

Does anyone have photos of the area of Pearl, Frankfurt, Hague, Cliff,& Vandewater Streets? My father used to work at a company called the Brooklyn Bridge Freezing and Cold Storage Company. This was located at the end of Cliff St. The building went through the block to Vandewater St. They also had the space under the bridge -- Arches 3,4,5,6. The side of Arch 6 was Cliff St. Cliff St. ran under the bridge and came out where the one-block street -- Hague St. ended.

Fran from E. 5th St. bet Ave C & D: 25th Jul 2011 - 20:17 GMT

I loved the pictures, I wish I could see more of East 5th St. E 4th St. & E.3rd St.
between Ave C & Ave D. Thanks.

Dynese from Broome Street: 26th Jul 2011 - 23:19 GMT

The things I remember and the block I came back to after 42 years is not the same, funny how life moves on and we remain the same. God Bless.

anon ( 3rd Aug 2011 - 04:59 GMT

a walk back in time too only show how one would love to go back there for a day~

a.g.g.a.: 6th Aug 2011 - 07:42 GMT

-Came upon these absolutely amazing photos while looking for some pictures of my husband from the 60's and 70's a rather well known figure in Greenwich Village and the Ease Village. But being a Lower East Side girl, born and raised,(Knickerbocker Village)with my parents also LES born and raised, these pix really took me back. We really didn't have much, and my parents as children far less than that. However, I always felt lucky that I grew up in that neighborhood and could understand and appreciate all the hardships and struggles my immigrant grandparents and first generation A

a.g.g.a.: 6th Aug 2011 - 09:09 GMT

(continued)American parents went through without any help. As confounding as it may seem, there is a secret and hidden richness and wealth in all those tenement scenes that belie the decrepit buildings and poverty ridden streets- a wealth far greater than that found in the pictures of the Financial District. Even now, to me, nothing could taste as good as a Galishoff's takeout knish shared with my sister.(Takeout cost less.) In winter, we ate inside the building across Rivington Street. Our father rubbed our feet to warm our toes. The knish warmed our fingers and noses. Our mother was often busy taking up or letting down hems of dresses handed down from older cousins. She'd also knit both of us 2 sweaters a year from patterns and yarn we chose from Sun-Ray knitting store on Grand Street. We couldn't wait for them to be completed! And I loved when my grandfather took me to Isaac Gellis. The counterman always called me to the far side of the store and handed me a couple of those tiny miniature salamis. My school, PS 177, was built in the 1800's. Life was good! Except for the polio shots...
Franny, thank you so very much for all the pictures! It was wonderful figuring out where things were and remembering how they looked. Time waits for no one- except in pictures-

m.lloyd: 20th Aug 2011 - 04:13 GMT

Wonderful photos!, Hello,im looking for a photo/s of a Bar/restaurant owned by the father of the Las Vegas Legendary Card-player Stu Ungar, his father was called IDO ungar (*ISADORE, his full first name*), the restaurant/Bar was Called Fox's Corner and was literally on the Corner of 2nd avenue and E.Seventh street in Manhattans East village, the shop was open from 1949 to closure in spring 1966, the place was also used as a bookies and frequented by the local wiseguys/mafia figures, Isadore was an immigrant hungarian jew, his wife was called Fay, the shop had a neon-lit Fox sign outside, their children Stuart(*stuey*) and Judy lived with them, I would love to see a foto of this establishment and would appreciate any fotos or help in finding them or info regarding this,Please contact me at " " Thankyou.

Guillermo : 26th Aug 2011 - 15:55 GMT

awesome photos, would anyone have photos of the LES, east houston street. Avenue D, Alhabet city

Diane: 9th Sep 2011 - 00:55 GMT

These photo's are great. I am desperately looking for a photo of James Street circa 1900.(the parts of James St that no longer exist. Please contact me at

anon ( 30th Sep 2011 - 17:10 GMT

Unforgettable, even for someone born in 1942!

Art Davidson: 8th Nov 2011 - 00:04 GMT

As a stickball and egg cream New York City street kid who's lived on the West Coast most of my life, these pictures brought back wonderful memories. In the 40s and 50s we had incredible freedom to move about the City for the cost of 5 (later 10) cents for a subway ride. Or we would occasionally hitch a ride on a working horse and wagon. The settlement houses and Police Athletic League got us in for free to Yankee, Giant, or Dodger games, where we got to meet kids from all over the City. Most of our parents though working, didn't bring home much money, but that didn't get in the way of our fun. On my occasional visits to New York City with my wife, we do the ordinary round of museums, theaters, and sights, but nothing gives me more enjoyment than walking the streets of my New York City childhood. Thanks for these photos.

anon ( 16th Nov 2011 - 20:24 GMT

Can anyone tell me when PS 177 lower east side was built and demolished? I am also seeking any info on a school PS 26 that was at 16 Albany St. ( down by the south ferry and east river) when that school was built and demoished as well.

MikeL: 16th Nov 2011 - 22:38 GMT

These are wonderful, wonderful photos. Thanks so much for posting. I have lived in NYC all my life and on east 7th Street since 1976. It's great to walk to these corners now and see the change, imagining the way they looked years ago, with the help of these great photos.

RonB: 17th Dec 2011 - 11:52 GMT

I lived at 129 Pitt Street around 1940 when I was five years old. As I recall, it was across the street from Hamilton Fish Park. I have very fond memories of Pitt Street and the park.

charles prynne: 31st Dec 2011 - 01:07 GMT

I live here in england. Back in the 1960s I lived in the United States and worked in Wasington D.C.and Los Angeles.However ,New york city has always been my spiritual home. I have always loved it and have always had a yearning to have been there in the 1930s and forties. These wonderful pictures will stay on my computer for a long long time.

I was born at the Lying In hospital on 2nd Avenue in1929. I lived and worked on the lower east side for 31 years. I went to PS 177,PS 1, PS 165 and Seward Park: 1st Jan 2012 - 19:02 GMT

High. I lived on PIKE, Madison,Market, Henry,J.T.ames,and finally moved to 4th street between Ave A and B. My final move was to Albuquerque NM. I have been here many years, but I can't forget my childhood memories. Thankyou for the memories. The person who attended PS 177 I would like a contact with. thankyou

Elizabeth Santiago: 3rd Jan 2012 - 19:24 GMT

WOW! I really enjoyed these pictures.I wasnt around or even thought of then,LOL.I was born in June of 1964 @ Bronx Lebanon Hospital but I grew up on the Lower East side.And I walked these streets many times with my mom, dad n brothers n even as a teenager n adult.I went to PS 137, PS 110 and then I had to go to a special school cause I got sick.It was on the corner of Montgomery St. Dont remember the other Street it crosses with but it was close to the highway.I lived on Henry St and then on Jackson St which is off of Madison St.My H.S. was Washington Irving n Sattlelite Academy.I live in Rochester, N.Y. now but I still visit. My brother still lives there. My mom enjoyed some of the pictures as well. It brought back good memories. Thank you for sharing. God bless

Elizabeth Santiago: 3rd Jan 2012 - 19:35 GMT

I also lived @ 230 Clinton St. My grandfather was the genitor of the building. Lots of places have changed. Really love these pictures. Thanks again :-)

Roberta: 24th Jan 2012 - 21:19 GMT

My parents were born & raised on The Lower East Side of New York...while enjoying these wonderful photographs on this Website, I was wondering if you had additional photos of Roosevelt Street ( that no longer exists) and Cherry Street from this era... the 1940's? Thanks for this posting!

Roberta, again...: 24th Jan 2012 - 21:32 GMT

~Also, I understand that the City of New York took photographs of every building in the great City of New York for 'tax' purposes in the 1930's! For a fee, the Bureau of Vital Records will actually mail you a copy of any picture taken ( of any building) you are interested in having for your very own. Just contact: NYC Department of Records/Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007~

Me, again: 24th Jan 2012 - 21:37 GMT

You must have the exact address of the site you want a picture of.. Or The NYC Department of Records will be unable to help you in your search for a precious old photo...

stan kwasnik: 4th Feb 2012 - 17:51 GMT

wonderful still miss old new York especially in 1980 tru 2000.thanks

sam stein: 13th Feb 2012 - 17:27 GMT

I grew up on the lower east side during the 50's and 60's. Looking for pictures of my old neighborhood before the massive construction. AttorneyStreet and Grand Street. Clinton Street between East Broadway and Delancey Street. Pictures of the Clinton Paza and the Apollo theater. Delancey street with the Lowes Delancey still in operation. Orchard and Essex.
Does anyone out there have any pictures or know where I can find some???

Elsie Torres: 22nd Feb 2012 - 04:58 GMT

amazing. I was born and raised in the lower east side, way back in the 60, and now I am living in upstate new york. What a big difference . I just find it hard to see and believe these beautiful picture. I was born in ludlow street and then moved to forsyth st.,then broome st. It was amazing. thanks

Kansco: 28th Feb 2012 - 02:57 GMT

My great grandparents lived on 129 Pitt Street. They came from Budapest Hungary.
I really wish I could go back in time to when these pics were taken. Simple times when less was more and families gathered on " stoops" and kids played outside. Thank you for posting these great photos.

Justino Medina: 10th Mar 2012 - 22:55 GMT

The memories...the memories....My wife thinks I still live in the past..We live in NJ..I am thinking of going back to the lower East Side....with a camera to relive my childhood lower eastside I came to the lower east side at the tender age of (2)two with my mom from Puerto Rico & settled in a cold water 303 east 3rd st between ave C & D no heat or hot did we survive by todays standards but we did.I was even hit by a truck while playing in the middle of the street..can U imagine...we played in the back yards that were full of trash...But we survived....I remember as I got older 6,7,8 my friends on 3rd st were Italian,Jewish,Polish and Irish...I was the only spanish kid...I remember one person on the ground floor of another bldg..on 3rd st...would put thier TV on their window...and all the kids would watch it...we all thought at the time that these people must be rich...I remember when they would deliver coal to some of the homes...and the noise the coal made as it slid down a metal chute..or the sanitation guys pcking up garbage with leather aprons...and the Policemen that walked the beat big giant 6ft or I got older..I noticed more Puerto Ricans moving into the I was not called the spanish kid any the Italians,Irish or Polish...Now I was known as the "Spick'....Now as I am n my 60's I realise what the word "spick" meant. When people came from Puerto Rico...they would say with the accent...I no spick to much enlish...God the the age of 17 I joined the Navy...and I have been all over the world...have raised (2)two wonderful sons....who I sent to colleges...I think I will take these pictures and maybe try a hand at writting a book...why has been good to me...even if I was called a spik....But the funny thing...I grew up on the lower east side and not in Puerto Rico...So I guess I do "Spick Enlish.

Mickey: 24th Mar 2012 - 00:05 GMT

Lived on Clinton just off Delancey from 1941 to 1954. Slept on the fire escape during the summers which was fun except when people threw out garbage above me. Was sent to summer camps by the Henry street Settlement House and other organizations.
Life was tough but it was the only life i knew.It was always a financial struggle for most families. I had a large and wonderful family and a radio......, what else did i need ?

Monica Boorboor: 3rd Apr 2012 - 18:36 GMT

These photos bring back so many memories as a child growing up in the Lower east side of New York. WE came to America as Displaced persons in 1951 and our first apartment was 257 East 10th Street. A couple years later we moved to 2nd Street between Ave. A and B.I have photos taken in the early 1950's .Our Church was St. Stanislaus on 7th St. Thank you for bringing me back in time.

Jennifer: 9th Apr 2012 - 14:11 GMT

How wonderful to see these great photos! Also love the tenement museum in the LES..fabulous melting pot full of interesting people and families who have great stories to tell.

Jennifer: 9th Apr 2012 - 14:11 GMT

How wonderful to see these great photos! Also love the tenement museum in the LES..fabulous melting pot full of interesting people and families who have great stories to tell.

andrea: 9th Apr 2012 - 17:07 GMT

Love these! My mom's family lived at 339 E 8th st between B & C. Now I know how it looked back then. They didn't have many pictures from then. To them, they lived in a tenement, so they eventually "moved up" to Brooklyn. Their once home has been demolished for a community garden.

STEVE FECKETE: 10th Apr 2012 - 03:21 GMT

I was raised on the lower East Side 1940-1958 when I left for the Marines. I lived at 144 E. 4th St. Attended P.S. 63, J.H. 64 and J.H. 71. I remember the street vendors with push-carts, Horse drawn wagons, The Ice Man, the small A&P stores and good neighbors. When WW 11 was over, even though I was still a little boy, I remember the great street celebrations with dancing and singing. Stores were closed on Sunday, the day we attended church and had great family meals followed by a visit to one of the many movie theaters nearby. The photo's bring back some old memories that I treasure about my youth.

Bb2ru: 12th Apr 2012 - 21:08 GMT

nice to see these old pics, lived at 137 Allen 6 floor walk up next to the public baths then 42 Rivington Street across the street from the school in late 50's.


anon ( 28th Apr 2012 - 20:45 GMT

Wow, This photos surely preserves the Past for senior people like us whom were little children at that time! You have captured NYC History for everyone!

Manny: 9th May 2012 - 20:50 GMT

I grew up on Clinton St bet. Madison @ Henry Sts during the early 1950's to mid 1960's.
I recently put together a picture book that includes many landmarks of the LES, including the Edgies, Henry St Settlement, The Spot, Cozy Corner & many others, but it's mainly photos of
about 100 guys & girls that grew up between Houston St and Water St east of the Bowery. If you have any pics from the 50's-60's from this neighborhood or are interested in the book, you can contact me- email / These photos from citynoise are great!

jake jakub: 30th May 2012 - 04:44 GMT

Lived at 216 east 7th. street from 1946 to 1969. Attended the old PS 71 on 7th. st. then St. Brigid school.
Love the old photos reminds me of home. The cold water flat that was always warm and cozy. Rode the Ave B bus. Maybe Blackie Mazzo was my driver at times. I remember that the Ave b bus line had an office on Ave B near 5th. St. Played in Tompkins park.
Many many good memories from the LES.Also have to say we has 8 movie houses within walking distance.

doris faura: 22nd Jun 2012 - 16:10 GMT

Iloved those pictures i'm from Henry Street, early 40's to middle 50's looking for Mary ann Greco, and Josephine Gallo, filamena minella, and Mike perez who later became a detective..i lived at 83 Henry across from the DS DEPARTMENT, made my communion at ST.Joseph

Angel Torres: 31st Jul 2012 - 21:58 GMT

I enjoy looking at the old NYC pictures; I remember the horse and wagons, selling produce and fruits, and the guy yelling, "Water melon here". I grew up on Lexington Ave, 31st and 1st Ave, 5 St and Ave D and finally Pitt St in the late 50's, all of the 60's and 70's. I left NYC in 1972 for the U.S. Navy and now live in South Carolina where I retired after 26 years of service. I visit all the time. I'd love to see pictures of the old horse stables. I used to pet the horses on Ridge St and also Clinton St across the Winston Theater. I can still hear the sounds of the horse shoes hitting the cobble stones, click clock.

Theresa : 9th Aug 2012 - 20:40 GMT

I was born on Cherry Street in 1947. We moved to jacob riis projects when I was 2. We lived in 819 FDR Drive on 8th Street, that was our address. It had just been built for all the men coming home from the 2nd world war. It was nice in the beginning, many nights you can go to the east river drive park and then sit out at night, even leave your door open. The hot candy apple man would come their the hot potato and knish man would come.I went to PS 63 on 9th Street and Ave B across from Thompkins Square Park, and to Ps 71 on 6th Street and Ave B junior High school, it was a rough school with gangs then I had many fights.My parish was St Bridgids Church on 8th Street and Ave B. We would skate all day and my Dad made me a scooter with and old milk carton and my skate wheels. Boy I loved it, I would put bottle caps from soda bottles on it by nailing them on, it was great. Then it all changed alot of gangs came the sportsmen mostley irish and black,they wore orange and the sportsmen debs were the girls in the gang. the dragons they wore purple , mostly puerto rican. We also had the apache,s they were the worst, with their apache hairdo,s. It turned pretty bad, the things that happened to me their and others I can write a book. In 1965 I moved when I graduated High school Seward park. Went to bensonhurst I didnt think their was a place so beautiful then. After many years its changed now too. Go back sometimes to see family but it breaks my heart to see how it changed. Times changed. But at least I can say I grew up in New york with all kinds of people, which I think was the best thing. I dont live in New York anymore but still think of it and remember the good times that I did have and wonder what happened to all my friends from 4th Street and 2nd Ave and from 6th Street and Ave c. And all the friends I had in the projects during the 40s and 50,s. The pictures brought back alot of memories. Thank You

Joan M. Russell: 10th Sep 2012 - 04:24 GMT

Thanks Margie Jaeblonowski for sending this to me - but as I look and remember, I am so
grateful to God that my children were born and raised in The Woodlands area north of Houston, Texas. I always thought that it was paradise in comparison to east 5th street between Aves. A and B in lower Manhatten. I will always thank my mother for having enough courage to move herself and 3 kids to a place unknown to her and I remember her
saying that someday she would move to TEXAS and get her kids out of New York City. She
did it.......Thanks, Mom.

Carlos M. Rodriguez: 12th Sep 2012 - 18:32 GMT

The Lower East Side; not Alphabet City; not Loisada. Just The lower East Side.
Lillian Wald Projects (500 e. Houston)where I lived, 1952. Ave C with the pushcarts. The Knish man, Good Humor, Tinkerbelle Ice Cream Wagons;Sunday mornings leaving Our Lady of Sorrows, getting fresh bread and eggs on Ave C. Pitt St pool-(we didn't know it was Hamilton Fish Center!) East River Park and the Drum just off Houston.
The Coal Yard on Houston and Mangin St. Essex St market. The pickle man. The American Theater on 3rd St. The Winston theater on Clinton & Houston. Lowes Delancy, Ratner's It was all ours. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

Ed Freer: 28th Sep 2012 - 00:04 GMT

I also thank you for the photos.Although I did not grow up their but I was a frequent guest a my aunt Sohies walk up on ave B.Among the many memories as youth I recall was sleeping on the
firescape as you pictured (no a/c ofcourse. One night just north of her apt. was a multi alarm
fie very dramatic for an 8 yr old.Anybody else recall cooling down on the fireescape?

Marilyn, nee Cutro: 8th Oct 2012 - 21:30 GMT

I grew up on Broome and Pitt (120 Broome). Our years of growing up there were where we learned to be adults with compasion. My parents grew up on Cherry St. did not complete high school, but none of that for their kids....we graduated from Seward Park along with our cousins...there were a ton of us. Dad took us to the Apollo on Clinton st. As teens we walked those streets and called for each other, went to dances, took tap lessons at St. Marys and the Henry St. Settlement, made communion and confirmation @ Our Lady of Sorrows. I remember it all. Thank you for posting this great scenario.

Roberta: 9th Oct 2012 - 05:38 GMT

Can't get enough of looking at these oh so wonderful photos. I lived at 206 Delancey Street between Pitt & Ridge (directly across from the Williamsburg Bridge.) There was a kosher chicken market right under the bridge. Then moved to 55 Suffolk Street between Grand and Broome. Went to visit the area about 15 years ago with my daughters. We looked like tourists! Both buildings I lived in were demolished. I attended P.S. 4 on Rivington Street, then P.S. 160 on Norfolk Street, JHS 22 adjacent to the Pitt Street Park, and then to the best school of all - Seward Park High! The time frames I'm referring to were the 50's and 60's.

A walk along Clinton Street brought us to so many wonderful stores - Miller's, Friedman's - even Heshy's, where we got our school supplies and toys. We were able to spend almost an entire day at the Loew's Delancey theater watching a double feature and cartoons. We brought our own lunch in brown paper bags and bought candy from a candy store right on Delancey Street instead of purchasing it at the movie theater itself! Penny candies were plentiful. On the same block as the Loew's Delancey was Ratner's dairy restaurant. The 7th precint was on the corner of Delancey and Clinton, and further down Clinton was the Apollo movie theater. So many movie theaters - can't remember all their names. It was a big change of pace to see a movie up on 14th Street - the Academy of Music and the Jefferson Theaters. There was also the Garden Cafeteria on East Broadway, and of course the Educational Alliance and the Henry Street Settlement House. I remember when so many of these tenements were in the process of being razed. So sad to see them go. After dinner there were moms who played maj jong and card games in front of these buildings right on the sidwalk. Yes it was living in poverty - but everyone stood shoulder to shoulder and we were for the most part - VERY HAPPY.

Most everyone kept their apartment doors unlocked. Coffee pots were always brewing on the stove in case any neighbors would drop by. It was safe to play in the street... so many street games, and our mother's would hoist down a paper bag with money in it when the ice cream truck arrived. Our mother's would also yell out to us from the windows to come up for dinner. The scents in the hallways of all the different ethnic foods being prepared were "heavenly" and "comforting." We could travel up to Times Square by subway and return at 1 or 2 in the morning (without fear.) The subway seats were made out of yellow straw, and the only air in the summer months was that of slow moving ceiling fans. A trip to Coney Island was a big treat - going to the beach or spending a day at Steeplechase Park was phenomenal. A GENTLER AND SIMPLER TIME! Never to return again. But sweet memories are the paradise of the mind! And can never be taken away.

RAY CUTRO 120 BROOME ST.: 23rd Oct 2012 - 23:29 GMT


Harry Rodriguez/ 27th Oct 2012 - 04:58 GMT

Iam so appreciattive of these great photos. I grew up on these streets during the 50's and 60's. Lived across from Pitt Pool (Hamilton Fish) and then moved to 168 Norfolk St. My early education : PS4,PS160,JHS22, Seward Park HS. A hot knish and a cream soda... or an egg cream.....Walks on the FDR ... punchball in Hester Park..... Basketball at the Edgies.... Dancing at St. Mary's and St. Theresa's..... swimming free Sun. mornings in Seward Parks indoor pool... 3 movies and cartoons for 75Cents at the Appllo, The Windsor or the Winston Theaters... all on Clinton St. Walking your girlfriend to get her stockings at Pepes on clinton st. Across from Johns Bargain store. Hanging on the Hill, in Rutgers, the Vladeks or over in Ave. D. Horse drawn carriage vendors on ave C... I could go on and on. Tar Beach.... the opening of the Baruch Houses, Sherrif Park... dancing at 60 Clinton St. Nursery school at the original Henry Street Settlement on columbia St. La marqueta....Houston St...... pronounced HOWSTON St. Katz....Orchard St. Dry fruits on Ludlow... pickle row on Essex St. Hot free matza samples from straights during lunch break... Moved on to Morris Park in the Bronx and eventually to South Florida. Passed by the NEW LES and left in with an empty feeling.... que sera sera.

Rita: 31st Oct 2012 - 23:12 GMT

The photo's are phenomenal, but most of all I Love the comments left here because so many people shared the same memories that I did. Everything that has been mentioned I experienced too. And they were wonderful times. I was born on Norfolk Street, and we later moved into the Baruch Housing when they first opened. Thanks everybody for taking me down memory lane!

anon ( 16th Nov 2012 - 02:58 GMT

Great photos. My father and grandparents (Jack, Sam and Tillie Freedman) owned Freedman's at Clinton and Delancey Street.

Lynn: Loved the photos. This is a treasure.

SeF,, BTB .. n.y.c: superb

Jayar: 4th Dec 2012 - 20:48 GMT

Paris on the eve of World War I

Carlo Giardina: 22nd Dec 2012 - 14:48 GMT

Great pics.I have written a novella that takes place on 12th and Ave B during the 1950's.It's called BACIAGALUPE it will be published as an ebook Jan 2013 Do you have any pictures around that neighborhood and time frame?

beefran: 23rd Dec 2012 - 16:22 GMT

I can remember living at 420 grand st in lower Manhattan, where we use to live, they built nyc housing authority. We were poor, my dad worked and my mom took care of us six kids. It use to be clean honest fun for us kids, our mom would take us downstairs to play with the other kids, during the summer and we would laugh , and jump rope, play hide and seek.

anon ( 10th Jan 2013 - 19:35 GMT

Memories, memories, wonderful memories. I miss the lower eastside, the people, just everything about it. I went to P.S. 4, P.S. 12 and graduated from Seward in 1961. I am still friends today with some of my old friends from back in the day. I am very proud of where I come from!!! I've been living in Arizona since 1969.
Arlene (Wolkowitz) Ozburn

DJ ERV: 11th Jan 2013 - 04:51 GMT

I wish I wouldve bought properties back in the 1970's
i would be a rich man right now :(

robbie the scot: 11th Jan 2013 - 16:47 GMT

What a magnificent collection it captures the atmostphere of the times perfectly.It would be wonderful to see a then and now comparison. Once again fantastic! all the best from Glasgow...

anthony incorvaia: 13th Jan 2013 - 09:03 GMT

I used this page to create a photo album of old New York for my 83 year old parents...thank you

Amy Caramanica (née Wiseman): 19th Jan 2013 - 18:43 GMT

A random memory prompted an incredible trove of pictures! Thank you so much. I lived on James, Lewis and Henry Streets from the 1948 -1957 years; PS 1, PS 110, Jr HS 65 and Washington Irving. Reading the comments was like being transported back to have a dual-time conversation with one of my childhood friends. Does anyone remember the dances held in the Lewis St. Park each Friday night, or the Charlotte Rousse (sp?) , or the grocery stores which would run a weekly tab for purchases awaiting payday? The settlement house which had each floor arranged for increasing older children's activities? Or, the day Hollywood arrived on Henry Street to film "Somebody Up There Likes Me" with the young Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sal Mineo? I met them all, but was only interested in Mineo! heavy sigh. The street dances which St. Augustine's provided in the summer, and St. Christopher's bus trips with the actively fighting rival gangs orchestrated by Father Wendt were examples of Trinity Church's Mission program. I need to locate old photos of that time and post them as well. Thank you, thank you again!

Janet: 19th Jan 2013 - 22:44 GMT

Wonderful collection! Where do you find these photos and the others you post? Doesn't matter: they are treasures. Interesting is the piety of those celebrating Saturday sabbath and Sunday church day--men and women wearing hats, dressed well. Can anyone tell me the name of the art deco building behind Moss Street? I'd like to take a look at it the next time I visit Manhattan.

Franny Wentzel: 20th Jan 2013 - 16:59 GMT

Art Deco building is known as and serves as part of The City's criminal courts and detention facilities.

Ed Lectora Sr.: 11th Feb 2013 - 21:20 GMT

The best article i ever read and found everything true to facts

doris faura: 5th Apr 2013 - 17:08 GMT

Iam looking for old friends and elementary shool classmates ...there names
Mary ann Greco, Josephine gallo, connie renda, Phyllis genco, late 40s till mid-50s

we lived on Henry Street another on east broadway and another on market street.

doris faura: 5th Apr 2013 - 17:08 GMT

Iam looking for old friends and elementary shool classmates ...there names
Mary ann Greco, Josephine gallo, connie renda, Phyllis genco, late 40s till mid-50s

we lived on Henry Street another on east broadway and another on market street.

doris faura: 5th Apr 2013 - 17:12 GMT

Iam also looking for Gilda Leonor Wynn she and her family lived on Henry Street we were friends and her family I think own the old tenement.

Evalyn: 12th Apr 2013 - 01:16 GMT

I love these photos.I remember visiting my grandfather who lived on 37 gouveneur st.until his death in 1959.

hkweber: 15th Apr 2013 - 21:08 GMT

the pix are wonderful. My great grandmother ( born 1871) lived at 129 pitt street ( probably born in the house) and her grandparents lived there prior to that.

Robert: 2nd May 2013 - 17:51 GMT

Great Photos - and memories. Lived on Henry St. then moved all the way "uptown" to 6th and Ave. D and grew up in the Lillian Wald Projects. Went to PS/JHS 188 ("131 Lewis St.") on Houston in the '50's. Remember the police station on Houston and the library, as well as "Pitt St. Pool". This past summer went with wifey and a copy of the out of print 1979 Dover book, "The Lower East Side - in 99 new photographs", and re-took every photo possible in 2012. Quite a job - a lot still much the same, but a lot of changes. Fascinating trip in time!

alex: 2nd May 2013 - 21:36 GMT

Hi , Can anyone help me find a place that sells old pictures of Baltic Street in Brooklyn, I was there last week and took pictures on Baltic street and Smith street. My Grandparents lived on Baltic street early 1930`s. Many thanks...Alex

Ruben: 9th Aug 2014 - 06:02 GMT

Thanks for sharing these photos , many of these buildings no longer exist. I was in the lower east side last year and was surprised to see that the streets don't look the same .

anon ( 15th Sep 2014 - 22:33 GMT

Manuel (Manny) Morales
Great pictures that bring back great memories.During the 40's to the 60's lived in the lower east side on the streets of Broome,Attorney,Pitt and Pike.Went to PS 160 and graduated from Seward Park High School after which I joined the Navy.I can clearly recall the wonderful times I spend playing stick ball,hand ball,punch ball,tops,biking,skating and to end the day cooling off when the hydrants were opened.One thing that was very special to me was getting those freshly made bagels from a store right next to our school.Wow!!! They were terrific. Also remember going to the Lowes movie house where we could spend practically the whole day watching 3 movies,lots of cartoons and an episode Flash Gordon for only a few cents. Those were the good old days!!! After returning from the Navy I went back but soon thereafter moved to Puerto Rico where I still live.I've back a to the neighborhood a couple of times to check things out but everything is so different now.I really miss those days. By the way if there is anybody out there that knows the whereabouts of my friend Willy Silva who also lived in the area please post his address or whatever information you may have.After moving to Puerto Rico I lost all contact with him.Last time we spoke he was ling in Brooklyn.Thanks again for taking me back through memory lane and if you or anyone out there have pictures of PS 160 please post them.Thanks

William pastor : 27th Sep 2014 - 20:26 GMT

I grew up in the lower east side , first we lived on pitt street and grand , then my mother moved us to grand street rite next to st. Mary church , later we would move to Allen street and Delancey street ,from there to 10 street between ave.B&C , after that we moved to 5th street on the colder sack where p.s.15 is, from there we moved to ave.C and 3rd street . This would be the last time I would live in a tenerment bulding from there we moved into housing projeck ( valacke) on Jackson street and then water street .
As I look on to my past , I look at it with fondness it was a beautiful journey . I no longer in New York but I still talk to my friends about growing in the lowereastside in the 60&70s and how much it has change , we wasn't and I must we were poor and on welfare but my mother taught us to work hard and to respect other . But I still miss those day hard as it was we learned a lot about life and how to survive . And I alway try to teach my kids about the history of the lower east side and how it effected American history and it Inportions

jeannie: 16th Oct 2014 - 23:04 GMT

WOW!!! Thank you so much for these pictures. Oh, My Lord (smile). No matter what class on the LES, everyone dressed with class (whether we could afford it or not). Sure put a smile on my face. I thought it time to go through memory lane. What a wonderful journey it was back then, and now. Can't thank you enough. Thanks for the memories. God bless.

Harold: 6th Dec 2014 - 19:56 GMT

I was born in NYC in 1949. We used to go to the LES to shop. In the 60s I began to spend a lot of time on my own to explore these areas. I bought used printing equipment on Beekman St, the old printing district. I went to the old Jewish bookstores and bought books in Hebrew and Yiddish. Delancy St was the old Forverts building with a bust of Karl Marx on the front. Forverts was the oldest continually publishing Yiddish newspaper in America. Still going. At one time it had over 500,000 daily circulation. Now it comes out biweekly with less than 5,000 copies.

Fourth avenue, used bookstores lining the streets for blocks. Tons of unique mom and pop stores. One just sold zippers. Another only sold bras. All the above is gone.

Millions of memories. These photographs make me happy.

Photograph wherever you are now. In 25 years it will all be changed.

Gordon G in Fla: 15th Jan 2015 - 02:51 GMT

Thanks for these great pix! Would you possibly have any of the "chicken market" on Delancey and Pitt under the bridge? Any date although it was demolished around 1985 or so and now is just a parking lot.
Thanks for the memories!

Phyllis: 1st Apr 2015 - 03:10 GMT

I grew up on the Lower East Side. Lived in the Hillman Houses, attended PS 147, JHS 22, and Seward Park High School. Remember mother throwing money out of the window so we could buy a Good Humor from Hymie the Good Humor Man. Lived across the street from Sheriff Park and spent many fine hours playing in the playground, roller skating on the handball courts, and generally having a good time. Was wondering if any of you have access to photos of the chicken market under the bridge, the businesses on Grand Street( yarn shops, piano store, bridal/communion shops.) Would love to see them. Thanks.

dave: 12th Apr 2015 - 18:12 GMT

my father had a glass store at 137 Pitt Street. He came to America in the early 20th century. My sister Estelle became a famous actress in the Golden Girls sitcom.

Irwin: 22nd Apr 2015 - 10:45 GMT

I was born in 1935 at home I 13 Pitt street. Does anyone have photos of 13 Pitt at that time I would appreciate it if you could send me copies. My e-mail address is

Angelo M: 13th Jul 2015 - 05:42 GMT

I was born in Manhattan, on Oak St. then lived on 161 Madison St. corner of Pike St. which has been demolished... if anyone has a picture of this building I would really appreciate having a copy of it.. Thanks

Franny Wentzel: 13th Jul 2015 - 15:28 GMT

It's a Comfort Inn now...

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Roberta: 3rd Oct 2015 - 02:01 GMT

Lived Monroe St,Cannon St, FDR Drive......P>S>110, JHS 188, Seward H.S. ...Grand St Settlement, Camp Moodna.......the melting pot was great.....

Joe: 9th Oct 2015 - 18:02 GMT

I grew up at 711 FDR, Lillian Wald projects, went to PS 188 and finished at Our Lady of Sorrows school in 1954.
The police station on Sheriff, the Public Library and Hebrew School across from Hamilton Fish Park no longer exist as, also, the tenements along Pitt.
From Houston to sixth, none of the stores remain. I miss the baths on 3rd St.
As someone else used to say, "Thanks for the memories."

YVONNE JOHNSON 1940-1959: 11th Nov 2015 - 01:58 GMT

I grew up on Ludlow St. stole pickles from barrels at Katz Deli, swam at the Pitt St. pool, earlier in the East River, loved walking to China Town, or the feast on Mott St. or just taking the subway, when not 'skeeting" on a bus, to go uptown to Central Park, during the holidays, went to get "freebies" from the Jewish Settlement House on Stanton St. two week old pies at Mosha's on Orchard St.. Its amazing that we have expiration dates on store bought eggs and Mosha's were stacked ceiling high in his basement level store on Orchard St. Loved getting free dishes/cups when going to movies on Fri. or on "audition" night.. Use to sleep on the fire-escape and play jumping roofs........ life was fun,, roller skating through the crowds, and opening the water-pumps on hot days, buying sweet potatoes off the firebox vendor in cold winters, and remember going to Essex st market to buy, kill and remove the feathers from your own chicken or live fish........ LIFE WAS SO WONDERFUL AND EDUCATING. NEVER KNEW I WAS POOR........... ONLY regret were the rats, roaches and bed bugs. Grandmother use to leave the kitchen door open while she sat downstairs with the neighbors, no fear of thieves.. Our apt. building was an international entity , of Japanese, Holocast Jewish survivors, Phillipinos, Polish, Hungarian Jews, Irish, Italian, and don't know the rest, but when sick,, always a pot of chicken soup, and a neighbor looking in. What happened to that generation ??? contact me at DKYJG4U at AOL.COM

YVONNE JOHNSON 1940-1959: 11th Nov 2015 - 02:05 GMT


naomi plisky nee Freeman: 20th Nov 2015 - 00:22 GMT

i keep coming back to relive the lower east side again with your pics. I see Rebecca's Yarn Shop where my mother used to drag me for knitting instructions and I howled all thru the visit. I went to PS 147 and I lived in the Vladeck houses from 1941 to 1951. My whole family lived on the lower east side. There was the chestnut man, the ices man, the turkish taffy man, the knish man and the pretzel lady and Maxie who for 2cents gave you a cone shaped surprise package. When I moved out of Vladeck I was heartsick. I attended p.s. 31 in 1941, then p,s, 147 in 1943 and finally p.s. 12 in 1947, graduated in june 1950 but couldn't go to seward Park h.s. because we moved. I was devastated. I HAVE MISSED VLADECK SINCE THEN! Talk about living in the past. The lower east side had access to all good stuff. I belonged t the P.A.L, the Henry Street settlement, the Neighborhood Playhouse where I took piano lessons, the Educational Alliance wwhere i took many courses and belonged to a club. Wehad access to the Paramount theater, the Capital, the Loews State where we saw all the greats. I saw Frank Sinatra at the Paramount in 1949 and by that time, he couldn't hit the notes. Not to mention the Roxy and Radio City. We went to the bronx zoo for no charge. When i went to the San Diego Zoo several yrs ago, It couldn't compare to the Bronx zoo. There was Cheap Heshey's and Harber's where we got all our boardgames, skates, etc. school supplies. Coney Island was the greatest show on earth. All these places were easy access by subway or bus. The 7th precinct was on Clinton street. The Automat was on 14th street (which I would trade every restaurant for ONE Automat. The neighborhood movies were the Windsor, the Apollo, The Delancey, The Canal, the Palestine. In grammar school we went tothe Planetarium and the Circus. Jack Dempsey also visited p.s. 147. I saw Eleanor Roosevelt at Pete's House which was at the Henry Street Settlement. Even my mom had a womens' club there. My mother worked for Chunkies Candy on Ridge street near Delancey. Also the hydrants were open in Vladeck in the summer and it was the best swimming pool.

Franny Wentzel: 20th Nov 2015 - 05:32 GMT

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There was a hipster version of the called Bamn! that had a 3 year run in the East Village from 2006-2009. You can still find automatiek in the Netherlands and Spain.

Lillian Vozar King: 3rd Jan 2016 - 01:37 GMT

I am trying to find a family that lived at 329 East 20th Street. The family name Last name was CUOMO. This all the information I have.
I am praying and hoping some wonderful person can HELP ME.

Thank-you for your web site.

Monkofsky: 6th Jan 2016 - 03:05 GMT

are there any photos of 46 Pitt Street? My grandmother was born here and I understand it has long been torn down.

Franny Wentzel: 6th Jan 2016 - 04:40 GMT

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This is the wee beastie that occupies 46 Pitt Street's lot nowadays...

Theresa: 27th Jan 2016 - 19:44 GMT

I lived in the jacob riis projects, 819 FDR drive. We moved to brooklyn in 1965. It got so bad their with the gangs the purple dragons and the sportsmen that my Mom and Dad said no more. But yet i remember so many nice things. Rosies candy store on 7th and ave D near the Safeway grocery market. I went to Christerdora House in the projects. Went to dances everywhere I can. Emanuel house on 6th street and 2nd ave. St Stanaslous on 7th and 2nd ave. Went to PS 65 on Ave B and 9th st, across from Thompkins square Park. The great library that was there on 10th street. and JH school 71 , very bad at the time in the 60,s. Went to Seward Park High school. I loved it there , had so many friends I didnt want to graduate. We ate hot knishes, hot jelly apples and pickles and chocolate egg creams . Loved the pizza on 2nd ave and 12th street. What a nice variety of food. Well alot of memories. Had all tyes of friends Peurto ricans , black ,polish, irish ,italian, a melting pot of all. A good way of growing up. You have a open mind later in life. Thank you for the great pictures.

Honjune: 25th Feb 2016 - 23:42 GMT

I grew up my young years on the lower East side on 2nd St between Ave A and B . We lived in a four room apartment all 7 of us .

Rosie L.: 2nd Mar 2016 - 15:21 GMT

Awesome pic's...i graduated P.S.137,lived @230 Clinton St.La Guardia projects i beleive then principal name was Mr.Turner - looking for graduation pic's 1968-69 of tht elementary ""6th Grade Graduation Year"" Plzz anyone w/graduation pic's of tht year-Post them!!Best childhood memories, ever. I'm looking for classmates of P.S 137 6 grade class grad pic's....hope someones reading this & replies....

anon ( 25th May 2016 - 23:41 GMT

Wonderful pictures. Grew up in the Bronx in the 50's....remember the lower East side so well. Weekly jaunt on Sunday's. Moved to the East VIllage E6th Street in '72
Loved every minute! 27th May 2016 - 07:06 GMT

Anyone recall name of Jewish deli on Ave. B near 13th St?????

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