New York City – Video Tour of the Lower East Side of Manhattan (Part 1)


David Hill with New York Habitat is proud to present a new video tour of New York neighborhoods. Discover one of New York City’s hip and historical neighborhoods, called the Lower East Side. Watch other video tours of other great areas of NYC, such as the East Village… or Chinatown… The name, […]



The Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative (MJHI), and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer Are Thrilled to Announce The Celebration of the First Annual Inductions into MJHI’s Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Michael Dorf

Tovah Feldshuh

Cantor Joseph Malovany

Ruth Messinger

Michael […]

Yiddish Broadway or Yiddish Rialto (Second Avenue in Manhattan)

The Lower East Side of Manhattan had numerous Yiddish theaters in the early 1900s, but most of them disappeared by the 1940s. The area was called the “Yiddish Rialto” by at least 1908. (The English-speaking stage on 14th Street was called the “Rialto” in the late 1800s.) A later name for the “Yiddish Rialto” was […]

Remembrance of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911


By Tina Weiss – Representative of MJHI at the Ceremony The intersection of Washington Place and Greene Street filled with voices, song and memories. In remembrance of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911, members of various facets of the NYC life gathered to recall the lives lost, the growth and strength of the union movement. Songs echoing riches words and sentiments alongside members of the NYPD playing bagpipes, the difficult history of the site and its emblem is a place of great change still remains of great import. […]

Great New York Stories: The Miracle of the New York Jewish Community


Gabe Pressman (NBC) and Joseph Berger (New York Times) discuss their Jewish upbringings in NYC, their careers and their predictions for the future of NYC. With Ruth Messinger (Pres, AJWS). By Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative from the SAJ in NYC.

359 Years Worth Of Tchotchkes And Treasures


From Jewish bootleggers to Leonard Bernstein, the city’s Jewish past comes alive in artifacts from the Municipal Archives. Diane Cole – Special To The Jewish Week 09/24/13 Call it a magical mystery tour of the collective attic of Manhattan’s Jewish past. Last Tuesday night, the jazzy yet plaintive strains of a lone klezmer clarinetist […]