Two days after the draft lottery for the Civil War commenced, many New Yorkers, particularly poor Irish immigrants, took to the streets. Their anger was directed at the wealthy bourgeoisie, who they perceived to be exempt from the draft; and…"July 13, 1863 – Draft Riots Begin, Leaving 105 Dead in a Week"
Expressing its “deep interest and support” for New York’s Mobilization for Youth organization, the Lyndon Johnson Administration announces a new welfare program targeting the Lower East Side, and enlisting the MFY’s support. The program’s goals are to “provide training for…"July 8, 1964 – President Johnson Announces New Anti-Poverty Program in LES"
On July 7, 1910, cloakmakers (most of them men) went on strike, showing support for the already-striking shirtwaist factory workers (most of them women). This strike eventually became known in the labor community as the “Great Revolt”. The community united in support, hiring…"July 7, 1910 – Cloakmakers Go On Strike"
Elvis Presley records his famous rendition of the twelve-bar classic “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios, which was then located at Webster Hall on 11th Street."July 2, 1956 – Elvis Records “Hound Dog” At Webster Hall"
Joseph S. Marcus opens up a rooftop garden for the blind above his Bank of the United States on Delancey and Allen Streets. Operated by the Hebrew Association for the Blind, it was one of many cases of Jewish philanthropists…"July 1, 1914 – Joseph Marcus Opens Rooftop Garden For the Blind"
During a massive citywide garbage collectors’ strike, hundreds of policemen are deployed in the Lower East Side, amongst other neighborhoods. Ordering tenement dwellers to stay off the rooftops and threatening rioting strikers with consignment to the workhouse, the heavy police…"June 30, 1907 – Garbage Strike Brings Hundreds of Police to Neighborhood"
Born to Irish immigrant parents, Murphy quit school at age 14 and worked a number of odd jobs, before opening the Charlie’s Place saloon in the Gas House District (present-day Stuyvesant Town) in 1878, which quickly became a popular hangout…"June 20, 1858 – Tammany boss Charles F. Murphy Born"
In promotion for her forthcoming book, about The Bowery, author Alice Sparberg Alexiou gave an engaging and detailed illustrated talk about one of the notorious thoroughfare’s eponymous anti-heroes: the colorful, charismatic, and corrupt Tammany Hall boss of everything below 14th Street.…"Remembering the “King of the Bowery”: the Mixed Legacy of “Big Tim” Sullivan"