Mendelsohn puts recent enormous changes into a historical context and makes them come alive through her in-depth tours. Her book represents a unique treasure, offering crystal-clear and specific directions and even telling readers not to walk to certain sites because they are too far away, and where restrooms are available! The mix of history, culture, and architecture is well-written, fascinating, and unique. The amount of information and context packed into this volume is remarkable.(Suzanne Wasserman, director, Gotham Center for New York City History, CUNY)
Joyce Mendelsohn is the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who settled on the Lower East Side. She lectures on the history, culture, and architecture of New York City at the New School for Social Research and conducts walking tours of and lectures about city neighborhoods sponsored by major cultural and educational institutions. In 2010 she received the Mickey Murphy Award from the Historic Districts Council for her longtime commitment to New York City preservation efforts.
I took this book to NYC on a to visit my daughter who lives in the Lower East Side. It was a great guide to the history of the neighborhood and we did our own walking tours with... Read morePublished 15 months ago by karrie hernandez
I'm a licensed New York City tour guide and this book is simply invaluable for a full knowledge of the Lower East Side and it's History. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by D. melvin
This lovely book tells us what remains of the Lower East Side's many incarnations and takes us there.
It's informative, full of surprising facts and very entertaining. Read more
I was raised in this neighborhod from childhood to an very older adult...I now live 1000 miles away, but my heart & roots will always be on the East side... Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by Patricia
Anybody who wants to know about the lower east side must buy this book. It should be called the official guide to the lower east side. Great book. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by Stuart Goldstein
If you are visiting the Lower East Side (or the Bowery)., this is the book you need to take along. It contains a series of very well delineated walking tours, and a historical... Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by mike eskimo