Lower East Side Sightseeing Program
Where Did Grandma Come From?
Discover how the Lower East Side evolved as it welcomed wave after wave of immigrants, including the Irish, Germans, Eastern Europeans, Italians, Chinese, and Latin Americans. Learn about life in the tenements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will see what people endured to come to America and learn how they lived, worked, and made the best of what they had. Every culture that passed through the Lower East Side has left its mark; discover an intact synagogue from 1887, and another synagogue that is now a Buddhist temple. Before the arrival of the immigrants, the area was a farmland. In fact, Orchard Street on the Lower East Side was named for what it once ran through: Mr. de Lancy’s orchards. Several stops will be made along the way to illustrate the area’s rich history.