Upcoming Events

February 29, 2024 – Thursday

Râmnicu Sărat Museum at Eldridge Street and LESPI Present:

cheap provigil uk A Virtual Tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue & the Historic Lower East Side

This is a virtual event, see below for registration information.

Tour the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and its historic Lower East Side neighborhood with Museum at Eldridge Streetmanager of education, Scott Brevda

Join LESPI and the Museum at Eldridge Street on Zoom on Thursday, February 29th at 6:30pm ET to learn about the Eldridge Street Synagogue, from its stunning Moorish Revival architecture and its time as a cultural hotspot on the bustling Jewish Lower East Side, to its decades of decay, to its miraculous rebirth as a twenty-first-century Museum in present-day Chinatown. Discover hidden elements such as indentations in the woodwork from nervous hands and unique features meant to cater to the original congregants. 

After we explore the Museum’s magnificent building, we will venture out (virtually, of course) into the Lower East Side and explore the signs of the past hidden within the modern streets. See how historic neighborhood landmarks have been transformed, repurposed, or restored. Virtual tour stops will feature the Jarmulowsky Bank, the Loew’s Canal Street Theatre, and The Forward building. 

About the Museum at Eldridge Street: The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. Built in 1887, it is an architectural marvel and a symbol of immigrant aspirations realized. The building is the first grand synagogue purpose-built by Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the United States, and was nearly lost to neglect before the Museum’s 20-year, $20 million restoration project returned the space to glory and public use. 

Visitors are welcome to tour the National Historic Landmark and learn about its time as a cultural hotspot in the bustling Jewish Lower East Side, to its decades of decay, to its miraculous rebirth as a 21st-century Museum in present day Chinatown. 

Exhibitstourspublic programs, and education tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages, and interests.

Museum Hours: Sunday – Friday: 10AM – 5PM; CLOSED: Saturday. 

Scott Brevda is the Senior Manager for Education and Accessibility at the Museum at Eldridge Street. As a historian, museum educator, and lifelong New Yorker, he loves to bring the history of his native city to life. In his current position, Scott plans and leads the Museum’s Cultural After-School Adventure program with local public school students, and creates new educational content and programming. He was formerly a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from Fordham University. 

About LESPI: Lower East Side Preservation Initiative — LESPI — is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2007, dedicated to the preservation of the historic buildings and streetscapes of the traditional Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, LES below Houston Street, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Bowery. 

Zoom registration is required; register HERE.

The program is free, donations to help cover costs are welcome.

Contact info@LESPI-nyc.org with any questions. Thank you.

Past Events

LESPI’s Photographers’ Talk on October 28 at The Loisaida Center was quite an event. Having braved a dumping of rain to join us, the crowd was treated to 8 professional photographers discussing the stories, inspirations, and techniques behind their work in LESPI’s “Lens on the Lower East Side” photo journal books. We wrapped up the evening chatting over light refreshments – fantastic!

LESPI sponsored a wonderful book talk on September 6 , “Spotlight on the East Village” featuring author Ada Calhoun, at P&T Knitwear Bookstore on Orchard Street.
On September 5 LESPI cosponsored the panel discussion “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: A Conversation on the Future of Vulnerable Historic Buildings in New York City,” where various experts discussed how best to save historic buildings in danger of demolition.

Watch videos of these past LESPI webinar events at LESPI’s YouTube Channel, below is a sampling: