The Forgotten NY blog is a great place to read about the overlooked, lesser-known corners of our fair city. Below are a few excerpts from a post about the Lower East Side's Rivington Street, which reveals some of the neighborhood's gems. Click here to read the entire post.
The former Adath Jashurun synagogue built by immigrants from Iasi, Romania, designed in 1903 by famed architect Emery Roth. It has been a private home since 1973.
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While CSV's mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.
ABC No Rio, a large artist's collective on Rivington Street, is well known for decades for political activism and its drive to be a community social center, combining art, music, poetry and intense activism on many political and economic issues affecting local residents. They have been one of the major centers for the performance of spoken word/poetry slams and host a regular weekend matinee show of indie punk thrash metal music, amongst many other activities...
Finally, 202 Rivington, the girlhood home of Genya Ravan, who has been rocking for over 40 years. Ravan founded Goldie & the Gingerbreads, the first all-girl rock band to be signed to a major label. Born in Poland in 1940, she is a Holcaust survivor who immigrated to the United States in 1949.
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