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Liz Christy Garden, located at the corner of Houston and Bowery, is New York City’s original community garden. Over two thousand varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees grow in some 7,500 feet of green space through all four seasons. The garden is surrounded by a high iron fence, but the gate is often wide open – and the public is invited. Enter the garden and Houston Street almost disappears from view. Concentrate on the turtle and fish pond, the beehive, the little nook with the Buddhist altar, and traffic sounds miraculously diminish.
Fawzy Abdelwahed became a B&H devotee with his first sip of soup. “I eventually discovered the omelets and bialys,” he says with a blush, “but the first menu item I fell in love with was the vegetarian matzo ball.” Fawzy, who arrived from Port Said, Egypt in 1996, also became a New Yorker upon contact. “The day I got here, I decided to stay. I came for a better future, to start a new life,” he says. “For the American Dream. This is everybody’s dream—to be here.” Not only has Fawzy remained in the city for nearly 20 years, but his entire local professional life has been centered on the west side of Second Avenue, between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place.
It’s an old tenement storefront on the Lower East Side; the kind of place that doesn’t exactly beckon you in from the street. But enter, and you’ll feel right at home. Candies you never thought you would see again. Prices you imagined had disappeared. And sales help who ask if they can help you. You’ve found Economy Candy, where locals have bought their sweets for over 50 years.
If you come to the Russian and Turkish Baths expecting soothing balms, thick towels, and gentle ministrations of flower-scented infusions, head elsewhere. This is a rough-hewn place — and proud of it. In fact, the tenaciously shopworn character of the Tenth Street Baths, as they are known, has been one of the reasons for their longevity. The meticulously achieved balance of old and new is evident even in the sign above the door: Gold adhesive letters spelling out “268 E” have been affixed just to the left of the tenement tile sign proclaiming “Tenth Street Baths.”
McSorley’s Old Ale House was opened as The Old House at Home in 1854 by John McSorley. McSorley was an Irish Quaker immigrant from County Tyrone, who had arrived in New York City in 1851 during the Irish potato famine. A decade after the bar opened on East 7th Street, the building in which it is located was renovated into a five-story tenement, and McSorley moved upstairs from the bar with his wife and children. In 1888, the McSorleys purchased the entire building.
Today, Italian American New Yorkers and their friends meet every September 8th at the Phoenix Bar to commemorate the feast of the black Madonna del Tindari, a tradition followed by Sicilian immigrants on and around this site in the early 20th century.
Dixon Place–an avant-garde theater dedicated to promoting the development of original works of theater, dance, literature, and performance art–is its own most significant work-in-progress.
Two-stories high, faced with light-colored brick, newly cleaned and shining, Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue stands apart from its commercially-focused neighbors, mostly food-related enterprises serving the far-flung businesses of Chinatown. It’s easy to spot the symbols of Judaica adorning the synagogue’s façade. More elusive are the architectural references to far-off lands — to a part of the map we once called the Near East.
Surma opened in 1918 at its current location, and is a distinctive family-owned business that specializes in Ukrainian folk arts.
Ukrainians started immigrating to the United States in the 1870s but it wasn’t until the first decade of the 20th century that they began to establish community institutions in earnest. St. George’s Church was founded in 1905 on 20th St. and moved to East 7th St. in 1911, anchoring the formation of “Little Ukraine” on the Lower East Side. (Since the 1960s, this part of the Lower East Side has been known as the East Village.) Myron Surmach opened Surma as a general store for fellow Ukrainian immigrants. Its location across the street from St. George’s helped it to prosper. (A store called Arka, still extant on E. 2nd St. and specializing in Ukrainian products, was another early community venture.) Myron Surmach began his business by selling practical necessities. His grandson and the store’s current proprietor, Markian, comments, “My grandfather, he was catering to Ellis Island immigrants. Ukrainians who didn’t speak a word of English and had no idea where to go. So this was basically like a newspaper stand. We even actually sold washing machines. It was very functional.”
In 1968, Milton Glaser wrote a New York Magazine article entitled, “A Gentile’s Guide to Jewish Food Part I: The Appetizing Store,” in which he described this category of comestibles as “an impressive array of ready-to-eat pickled, smoked and salted fish, fish and vegetable salads, sour pickles, tomatoes, peppers, sauerkraut, a variety of breads and rolls, dried fruits, nuts and candies.” If Glaser was not using Russ and Daughters Appetizing as the model for his archetype, he may as well have been.
Since 1886, whatever New Yorkers have been doing in public, they’ve been doing at Webster Hall. Between its four stories, steep stairs, winding passageways, and rooms and ballrooms of every size and shape, it’s hard to imagine a use to which the space could not be put — and indeed has been. Webster Hall’s diverse use over the years is a prime example of the ways public gathering spaces have been used in New York City.