Docent Spotlight: Bette Cohen

Docent Spotlight: Bette Cohen

by Anna Shneyderman, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern As an intern, I have recently started to give tours at the museum. I had the pleasure of interviewing Bette Cohen, one of our many lovely and knowledgeable docents. I asked about her experiences at the Museum at Eldridge Street and learned a little about her own […]

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For the Foodies and the History Buffs: Katz’ Deli

For the Foodies and the History Buffs: Katz’ Deli

by Anna Shneyderman, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern Katz’s Delicatessen: The one place in New York City that I willingly spend $20 on a pastrami sandwich. All deliciousness, zero regrets. (And the pickles that come with the sandwich aren’t half-bad either!) This famous deli has a history going way back to when the Eldridge Street […]

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Design Quirks of the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Design Quirks of the Eldridge Street Synagogue

By Anna Shneyderman, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern This Sunday, October 12th the Museum at Eldridge Street will take part in Open House New York, America’s largest architecture and design event. Open House New York fosters an appreciation of the city’s architectural treasures, celebrating excellence in design, preservation efforts, and the city’s history. As part of Open House […]

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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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