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Our visit to the graves of famous Lower East Siders (Mt. Carmel Cemetery)
Earlier this week, while waiting for my car to be repaired at a local shop, I stumbled upon Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Glendale Queens. I've come across this cemetery a few times in books and articles over the years while researching and figured I'd pop in and ...

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LESHP founder, Eric Ferrara
Eric Ferrara is an award-winning American author, researcher, movie & television consultant and personality based in New York City.
Writing about lesser-known and previously unknown New York City
History, his books and articles are popular for their uniqu...

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Did you know that Levi Strauss began his career on the Lower East Side?
Did you know that Levi Strauss began his career on the Lower East Side? In 1847, at age 18, Levi Strauss (born Leob Strauss, February 26, 1829) left his native home in Bavaria to join his older brothers in NYC, who owned a wholesale dry goods store on the L...

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On this day in 1855
On
this day in 1855, Bowery Boy leader William "Bill the Butcher" Poole
was shot during an altercation with John Morrissey and a group of men
at Stanwix Hall (579 Broadway). He died two weeks later, on March 8, from his wounds.

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On this day in 1879, 1965 and 1975
On this day... In 1879, work began on the 2nd Avenue Elevated Train line, with construction at Allen and Division Streets... In 1965, The Fugs performed at the opening of Peace Eye bookstore at 147 Avenue A... In 1975, Led Zeppelin released the Physical Gra...

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On this day in 1790, George Washington spent his last day at No. 1 Cherry Street
On
this day in 1790, George Washington spent his last day at No. 1 Cherry
Street on the Lower East Side, an address which he lived since his
Presidential inauguration at Federal Hall on April 23, 1790. Yes, first executive mansion in the United States of...

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On this day in 1955, David Axelrod was born on the Lower East Side
On this day in 1955, political advisor David Axelrod was born on the Lower East Side. Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011), grew up in Stuyvesant Town, and began his political
career distributing materials for Robert Kenned...

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On this day in 1907, poet W.H. Auden was born
On this day in 1907, poet W.H. Auden was born in York, England. From 1953-1972, the Pulitzer prize-winning author lived in a
"notoriously disheveled" apartment at 77 St. Marks Place -- in the same
building Leon Trotsky worked as a journalist for Novy Mir ...

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On this day in 1971, Black Sabbath headlined at the Fillmore East
On this day in 1971, Black Sabbath headlined at the Fillmore East, in support of their second album, Paranoid. Tickets cost $3.50 - $5.50. They sold out two nights, Feb 19 and 20, and were joined by Pig Light Show, J. Geils Band, and Sir Lord Baltimore. Thi...

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On this day in 1955, President Eisenhower presented Irving Berlin a gold medal
On
this day in 1955, President Eisenhower presented LES-raised songwriter
Irving Berlin a gold medal for penning such patriotic hits as "God Bless
America." During World War II, Berlin wrote the musical This is
the Army, which raised $10 million for the...
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