On Memorial Day Weekend 2013, we had the chance to go on one of the many neighborhood walking tours conducted by the NYC Tenement Museum. It was a cold and sporadically rainy day, but that didn’t stop every tour that day from selling out — something I gather is the case pretty much every weekend, so if you want to go on one, book ahead. We chose The Lower East Side: Then and Now, which focused on the ways in which the architecture and ethnic make-up of the neighborhood has changed over the years. It was a fantastic walk despite the weather, and well worth the price of admission.
I walk and bike through the LES pretty regularly. Eat and drink there plenty. And I like to think that I’m not totally ignorant of its history, but the lovely thing about New York history is that no matter how much of it you try to cram into your head, even for a single neighborhood, there is always so much more waiting to surprise you.