David Cohen: A Founder and His Legacy

David Cohen: A Founder and His Legacy

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street Summer Intern When Michael Andron first stumbled upon the Museum at Eldridge Street several years ago, he knew that his family had roots on the Lower East Side. He knew that his great-grandfather actively supported Jewish education in the neighborhood. What he didn’t know is that this great-grandfather, […]

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Love on the Lower East Side

Love on the Lower East Side

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street Summer Intern Dear Editor, I am a young man of twenty-one; I have a seventeen year old cousin, and she and her parents would like me to marry her. I like the girl. She’s educated, American-born, not bad looking. But she’s quite small… Another thing: she is very […]

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Remnants of a Historical Lower East Side

Remnants of a Historical Lower East Side

By Luna Goldberg, Museum at Eldridge Street Summer Intern Earlier this week, we received an interesting call from a woman in Connecticut. Over the last 18 years, Dorrie Johnson has been collecting vintage hangers from all over the United States. At one point, her collection grew up to 3,000 hangers. When she found that a […]

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Playgrounds of Asphalt: Summers on the Lower East Side

Playgrounds of Asphalt: Summers on the Lower East Side

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern.  Summer: a season filled with playgrounds, tasting of ice cream and cook-outs, and punctuated by languorous weeks at camp. But summer looked quite different for  the children of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and their friends on the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side. Uptown, wealthier children played tennis […]

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Celia Dropkin: A Poetic Voice from the Past

Celia Dropkin: A Poetic Voice from the Past

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern “I am an acrobat, and I dance between daggers erected in the ring tips up. My lithe body—​barely touching the blades—​ eludes death-​by-​falling.” So begins Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin’s “The Acrobat” (you can find the full text, along with other poems, here.) Written during the early […]

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Keeping Kosher on the Lower East Side

Keeping Kosher on the Lower East Side

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern As recently as ten years ago, a handful of kosher restaurants remained on the historically Jewish Lower East Side. This June, the last one — Shalom Chai Pizza — closed its doors. To some, its closure marks the end of an era. This was the era […]

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Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

A key challenge for a historic site is bringing to life the people who were once associated with the building. Here at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a diverse cast of characters prayed, socialized, debated and made their mark on the building and the larger Lower East Side Jewish community. One of the most intriguing characters, […]

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Docents Explore Our New Permanent Exhibition

Docents Explore Our New Permanent Exhibition

By Meredith Carroll When I arrived at the Museum at Eldridge Street nearly two weeks ago, I was greeted by the hum of drills and a whiff of paint. Installers were hard at work on our new permanent exhibit, slated to open this Thursday. Over time, though, the activity has died down.Today it is opening. […]

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