Lower East Side Oral Histories

Overview

The Lower East Side is one of Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhoods. For centuries, it has been home to hundreds of enclaves of immigrants from every part of the world. As they became New Yorkers, the neighborhood has in turn become infused with their cultures, foods, traditions and personalities. In this book, Lower East Side historians Eric Ferrara and Nina Howes document the memories of twenty-five people who lived in this larger-than-life corner of New York. From childhood memories with family (but without ...

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Overview

The Lower East Side is one of Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhoods. For centuries, it has been home to hundreds of enclaves of immigrants from every part of the world. As they became New Yorkers, the neighborhood has in turn become infused with their cultures, foods, traditions and personalities. In this book, Lower East Side historians Eric Ferrara and Nina Howes document the memories of twenty-five people who lived in this larger-than-life corner of New York. From childhood memories with family (but without running water) to observations of the constantly changing face of the neighborhood, discover the Lower East Side through the eyes and voices of the people who have made it what it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609497941
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 783,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Ferrara is a fourth generation native New Yorker whose family has lived in Little Italy since the 19th century. He is founder and director of the Lower East Side History Project, founder of the Museum of the American Gangster in New York City and a consultant on several television and movie projects worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Frankie Alexander 13

George Boyd 20

Jack Dowling 24

Gladys Choma 31

Sidney Fermaglich 36

Anitra Frazier 41

James Galuppo 46

Joyce Kanowitz 54

Lydia Krushelnytsky 60

Jan Lee 66

Rebecca Lepkoff 73

Anna De Robertis Mansueto 80

Anna Miletich 85

John Milisenda 89

Tara Mohammed 96

Tom O'Hara 100

Carmen Pabon 105

Joe Preston 111

Nilda Rivera 119

Orlando Rosario 124

Ernesto Rossi 129

Myron Surmach 135

Rabbi Harold Swiss 140

Raymond Valentine 145

Steven "Pepe" Zwaryczuk 148

About the Authors 157

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