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The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited: A History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood (Updated and Revised) Paperback – September 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Rev Upd edition (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231147619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231147613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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.


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Joyce Mendelsohn is an educator, historian and writer. She is widely known for her lectures, seminars and walking tours sponsored by major cultural and educational institutions, such as Cooper Union, Hofstra University, Baruch College, the 92nd Street Y, Historic Districts Council and Henry Street Settlement. From 1987-2004, she taught courses on New York City history and architecture at the New School. Ms. Mendelsohn served as the first Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum from 1992 to 1994 and developed a new walking tour for the museum in 2008. As education consultant for the Historic House Trust of New York City from 2002-2007, she surveyed education programs at house museums and wrote educational materials. She works closely with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy in training guides to lead tours of the neighborhood, including visits to historic synagogues, and in developing educational programs and materials for school children.

Ms. Mendelsohn is the author of The Lower East Side, Remembered and Revisited--History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood (Lower East Side Press, 2001, new and expanded edition, Columbia University Press, 2009) and Touring the Flatiron: Walks in Four Historic Neighborhoods (New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1998). Among her articles and chapters, she has contributed a dozen entries to The Encyclopedia of New York City, Kenneth Jackson, editor (Yale University Press, 1993, 2010); Two chapters in A Biographical Dictionary of African-American Architects, 1865-1945. D. Wilson, editor (Rutledge Press, 2004); "Immigrant Trail," a chapter in MTA Guide, New York City by Bus and Subway, Rod Kennedy, Jr. editor (Iamco Communications, Inc. 2009). "Public Baths," a chapter in Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, Ed. Clayton Patterson. Seven Stories Press,(anticipated publication date 2012).

Ms.Mendelsohn is the recipient of the first Lillian D. Wald award from Henry Street Settlement and a 2010 Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council. She is a Board Member of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. She is a Founding Member of the Friends of the Bialystoker Home, a coalition of groups campaigning for landmark designation of the 1931 Art Deco Jewish nursing home at 228 East Broadway. www.friendsofthelowereastside.org




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You're in for a delightful adventure!
Louise millmann
It contains a series of very well delineated walking tours, and a historical review of the areas successive incarnations.
mike eskimo
I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all who want to deepen their knowledge of New York City.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suzalina on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
The original edition was very well conceived and executed. And now the revised edition has a lovely contemporary look and feel -- far mare useful to the tourist, passive or active. The many new photos and the editorial update make this a terrific addition to one's library not only as a guidebook, but as an excellent historical reference. It also makes the perfect gift for friends and visitors exploring downtown New York. Bravo Ms. Mendelsohn!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Baldock on October 29, 2009
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This book is a must-have for anyone who goes to the Lower East Side or has relatives who once lived there. The Lower East Side is one of NYC's most historically and culturally rich neighborhoods, and this book captures the breadth of the Lower East Side story. As an added bonus, the book is a convenient size, so it's perfect for carrying along with you as a reference as you walk the streets of the Lower East Side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. on October 29, 2009
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This book unveils the hidden gems that were there all along in Lower East Side (LES). For example: The Red Square building. Reading about the history of LES enriched my experience with the neighborhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Silverstein on October 28, 2009
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Joyce Mendelsohn's comprehensive guide to the Lower East Side evokes many fond memories for this native New Yorker. She has obviously spent countless hours researching and actually walking each step of the five walking tours. The descriptions of each stop on the tours are not only historically correct, but fascinating as well. This revised edition also features additional photographs that truly enhance the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise millmann on December 7, 2009
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A informative, beautifully written, wonderfully succinct, pocket-sized overview
of one of the most dynamic and storied neighborhoods in American history.
Very absorbing and user-friendly, it's packed with fascinating facts, helpful maps,
and great pictures. With the wrecking ball hovering over the Bowery, her timely new
chapter on that colorful thoroughfare is especially welcome.
So much of what Mendelsohn describes is either gone or going, so grab this
book quick and hit the pavement. You're in for a delightful adventure!

---David Mulkins, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (Chair)
History Teacher, H.S. of Art and Design
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ny history on December 4, 2009
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I am a big fan of Joyce Mendelsohn, having had the opportunity to listen to her speak at several lectures over the years and enjoying her previous titles. Joyce is the real deal -- arguably one of the top contemporary historians on the subject, "LES Remembered and Revisited" contains a treasure trove of insightful tid-bits told from an academic and personal perspective that even the most experienced (read: jaded) New Yorker would appreciate. If you were to purchase just one book about this historically significant neighborhood, this should be it. I recommend this to all my students, family, friends and colleagues, and I reccommend this to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan in Manhattan on November 28, 2009
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Mendelsohn's updated The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited serves several functions in my life--first, as a succinct history of the buildings and streets that are emblematic of our immigrant history, and a portrait of the outsized personalities who lived there. Next, it is a terrific portable guide for a walking tour, five in total, that bring the past to life and is a great way to share NYC history with family and visitors. Finally, on a personal level, it opens a door to sights, scenes, and experiences that must have greeted my own immigrant grandparents a hundred years ago, and nurtured a young boy living on Henry Street who later became my Dad. What a treasure of a book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim S. Halpern on November 3, 2009
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If you have not picked up this book yet, you must. It is an extraordinary story of the LES, the people, the life and events that have shaped it. With the holidays coming up, this is a must-have gift.
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