History of Poor People during the Gilded Age & Beyond on Lower East Side
dim. 25 novembre à 19:30
This Poor People LES History Walk is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will comment on some things (architecture/history), but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This walk is similar to a guided walking tour with a number of stops. If you don't like to stop at a number of points of interest, then this walk is not good for you. This walk is about 2 1/2 miles & moderate paced. Bring water and an EXTRA LAYER OF CLOTHING. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. No young children, service animals or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. If you have a personal matter/question, please contact John, the Event Host, directly to his private Meetup account. The feature photo above shows children on the Lower East Side enjoying ice on a summer day in 1912. (Photo Library of Congress.) Description: This walk will focus on the poor people (particularly the Eastern European immigrant experience) during the Gilded Age & beyond from about 1870 to 1930. We will discuss living in a cold-water flat; the money-saving party balcony on tenement buildings; the bank that fooled the poor immigrant population with its deceptive name; the New York Yankees' "dirty little secret"; the dumbbell-shaped buildings with air shafts; the street that brought shame to the poor Lower East Side neighborhood; sleeping on the roof with your neighbors during a hot summer night; Friday morning's crowded "Pig Market"; the very unpleasant (but unavoidable) "school sink"; the really dirty job of the night soil men; and the architectural styles of the Lower East Side tenement buildings. Article/photos from Tenement Museum about child labor. Investigative photographer Lewis Hines took photos of child labor. https://tenement.org/blog/picturing-child-labor-lewis-w-hines/ Article/photos from Tenement Museum about banker Sender Jarmulowsky, https://tenement.org/blog/business-senselessness-6-19-14/ Article from the Bowery Boys about hungry cats invading a Lower East Side butcher shop. http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2014/01/cat-astrophe-hungry-felines-attack.html Meeting Time: (after lunch) at 1:30 PM. Meeting Place: Outside of the entrance to Whole Foods Market at 95 East Houston Street. Before the walk, restrooms are available on the 2nd floor of Whole Foods Market. Later, we'll stop at a restroom in the middle of the walk. Transportation Options: Take "F" subway train to 2nd Ave (1 block away) or the B, D, F, or M subway trains at Broadway/Lafayette (about 5 blocks away) or the "J" subway train to the Bowery (about 3 long blocks away). Finishing Time: 4:30 PM (Sunset 4:32 PM) Finishing Place: East Houston St & Norfolk St, about four long blocks east from the starting point. Bad weather cancels this walk. Therefore, if it is bad weather, I'll send out emails about the cancellation sometime before 10:30 AM Sunday morning. If I don't send out emails about the cancellation, I plan to be at the meeting place.