LESPI is dedicated to preserving the historic areas and buildings of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, including the East Village, Lower East Side below Houston Street, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Bowery.


Zawiya LESPI Photography Exhibit: Stop by the Nine Orchard hotel in the landmarked and beautifully restored former Jarmulowsky Bank Building to see a very nice little exhibit of photographs from LESPI’s photo essay book, “LES: Lens on the Lower East Side.” And don’t miss the wonderfully ornate original banking hall, now bar, one Manhattan’s the great interior spaces.

The exhibit, in celebration of Lower East Side History Month, is up thru mid-June. Copies of “LES: Lens on the Lower East Side” are available at International Center of Photography and Yu and Me Books.

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Lower East Side Preservation Initiative
93 Fourth Avenue #1223
New York, NY 10003
Email: info at lespi-nyc.org
Phone: 347-827-1846