Top 10 Books About the Lower East Side Dave Favaloro, Curatorial and Research Director
1. Selling the Lower East Side A scholarly treatment of gentrification on the Lower East Side from the 1930s to the present.
2. Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars A rich and readable look at the impact of immigration on Italian and East European Jewish mothers and daughters
3. Bread Givers A vivid account of Jewish immigrant life on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century.
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the General Slocum Edward O'Donnell's gripping narrative of one of New York's worst but least-known disasters.
Lower East Side Memories: A Jewish Place in America An academic exploration of why the Lower East Side has become associated with Jewish immigrants in the popular imagination.
6. Jews Without Money (1935) Writer and political activist Michael Gold's semiautobiographical novel about growing up on the Lower East Side.
7. How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis' classic expose of tenement living conditions on the Lower East Side during the late 19th century.
Biography of a Tenement House in New York City Architectural historian Andrew Dolkart traces the architectural and social history of 97 Orchard Street.
World of Our Fathers
A rich evocation of Jewish immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side from 1880 to 1920.
10. The House on Henry Street Lillian Wald's autobiographical account of how she set up one of the nation's first settlement houses.