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)
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.