Ode to the LES

The Lower East Side (LES) used to have two meanings to me, one because of the geographical location within the isle of Manhattan and two because of the impoverished neighborhood made up of low income earners that were tenants who settled there for generations since the days when immigrants came pouring in from Europe during the 1850’s until the 1920’s. It was known as a tough neighborhood for decades but that gritty part of New York City has been seen as going through a tremendous make over the last ten years. Construction and remodeling has picked up pace with major transformations from the old New York that I grew up with to the New-New York it has become. From the down trotted slu

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