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2014 Year In Review: GVSHP Programs

…Neighborhood Association Fiske Terrace Association Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance WE ACT for Environmental Justice Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy Friends of Petrosino Square Friends of West Park Crown Heights North…

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The Humble and Hol(e)y Bagel

…middle ages and the boiled preparation of which resembles that of the bagel. Puglia had a significant Jewish community at the time, suggesting a possible connection between the tarello and…

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Celebrating Immigration in Greenwich Village

…a reclusive spinster, was a lifelong Villager, descended from the first twenty-three Jewish immigrants to New Amsterdam from Brazil (though Lazarus also had some Ashkenazi Jewish lineage on her mother’s…

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Pastrami or Lox?

…on this Jewish theater history!). As discussed in a 2007 New York Times article, traditional Jewish delis have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Perhaps due to the loss of…

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Greenwich Village: Immigrant Mecca

…a lifelong Villager, descended from some of the first Jewish Portuguese immigrants to the New World. She was the fourth of seven children in a prosperous Sephardic Jewish family, but…

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Greek Revival Gone Wrong

…from its years as a working port, to its shift to a point of entry for waves of immigrants, to its role at the heart of the largest Jewish community…

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Hebrew Actors’ Union: Then & Now

Jewish theater district on Second Avenue, the union also served Jewish actors across the country. As the union’s home for nearly 80 years, the HAU is an integral part of…

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#SouthofUnionSquare — Henry Roth

…publishing history and Jewish history. Henry Roth (1906-1995) wrote his novel, Call it Sleep, in 1934, based on his own experience as a young Jewish immigrant child living on the Lower East Side. To this day,…

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Three Landmarks in the East Village

…1925–26 for a Jewish community leader and Brooklyn lawyer named Louis Jaffe. The theater offered elaborate productions under the direction of well-known Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz, such as 1928’s The…

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Fighting for Civil Rights at 80 Fifth Avenue

…and commitment to democracy and the United States. Sam Milgrom to Rubin Saltzman Regarding a Jewish Magazine, October 1944 (correspondence). Letter courtesy of Cornell Library. In the 1940s, the Jewish

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President Announces Resignation

…the investigation of the Watergate break-in on the false grounds that it would uncover national security operations. Bella Abzug Bella Abzug speaking at Rally to Impeach Nixon. Image via Jewish

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A History of the East Village in 10 Objects

…community regulations of Krakow, Poland. The world’s biggest bagel factory is in Illinois. Still, no other food is so associated with New York as the “Jewish English muffin,” which spread…

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What the Lower East Side Means to Me

…above. Hannah was of German Jewish heritage. When they married in 1918, they lived in a five-story tenement at 65 Avenue C (between East 4th and 5th Streets). Their marriage…

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Mazel Tov! Yiddish Theater is born

…assassination was blamed on “foreign influence agents” (i.e. Jews). Over the next few years, over 200 anti-Jewish pogroms and riots took place and the government passed laws against the Jews,…

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Business of the Month: Kubeh, 464 6th Avenue

…household, the influence of Jewish dietary laws long ago influenced the food preparation of typical dishes among the Persian Jewish community, separating meats from dairy and eliminating, for instance, butter…

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The South Village’s Italian Heritage

…which were Jewish or Italian immigrant women who lived in nearby Lower Manhattan neighborhoods, including the South Village, and ministered to the victims and their families. In 1923, when it…

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Young Philip Roth in the East Village

…Jersey in 1933. His father, the son of Jewish immigrants from the eastern European region that is now Poland and Ukraine, operated a shoe-store business and then worked as an…

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Jared Kushner’s (Preservation) Record

…accusations of peddling anti-semitism. Neighborhood, preservation, and jewish community leaders gathered in 2008 to save Mezritch Synagogue from Kushner’s demolition plan. The good news is, Mr. Kushner has done nothing…

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Honoring the Challah

Recently, our fellow-blogger friend, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, noted that the facade of the East Village building that is home to Moishe’s Jewish bakery had gotten a facelift. He asked,…

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Mad Men’s Village People

…early on with the Village and Bohemian life. Her rise in the ad world doesn’t stop her from forming a relationship with Abe, a Jewish freelance writer. See historic 1960s…

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