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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)

This book, which encompasses primarily the history, architecture, and biography of the Lower East Side, expands on current landmarks, nationality groups, cultures, and institutions, as well as current demographic trends. One special focus is on the original Jewish community, including its origin and development, its noted houses of worship, famous members of the community, past and present, and their special artistic and political contributions. The Lower East Side's status today as a changing, but steadfastly unique, cultural phenomenon is also examined. This is a valuable addition to the available literature and is sure to generate considerable and widespread interest. A much-needed, comprehensive study, with a generous amount of illustrative material.

(Gerard Wolfe, author of New York: 15 Walking Tours and New York: A Guide to the Metropolis)

Book Description

The popular illustrated guidebook to one of New York's most dynamic neighborhoods now includes more maps, more history, and an entirely new community to explore.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; updated and revised edition edition (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231147619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231147613
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent source on the history and the many revisions of the neighborhood that once hosted many refugees over the years. If you or your family ever lived on the Lower East Side of New York City, this book is for you. Great reading!
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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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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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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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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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The new edition of Joyce Mendelsohn's book on the Lower East Side is substantially enlarged and updated. A leading historian of this fascinating era, Mendelsohn writes with extraordinary insight about the social and economic conditions of the city's immigrants, especially the Jews who "built a unique community ... which formed the heart of the American Jewish experience." Her writing is clear and a pleasure to read. Her five walking tours, which include a new tour of the Bowery, are excellent, with all the significant buildings carefully described and documented. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all who want to deepen their knowledge of New York City.

Sarah Bradford Landau
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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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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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