Grand St: Lower East Side (Allen St to East Broadway)

31 – Orchard Street, no longer an orchard.

31 – Orchard Street, no longer an orchard.

A bit of the Lower East Side strays into Grand Street.  And this is the Lower East Side as it is traditionally envisioned – a little rough, depressed financially, slightly more religious.  Here there are 99 cent stores a plenty, and buildings appear in shades of grey, washed out brown and brick red.

Ethnically, the tribes occupying this thin sliver of land appear more African and Hispanic.  Any link with Chinatown is severed quite abruptly and you don’t get many Chinese or Europeans, for that matter, here.

Scattered amidst the red brick apartment buildings and tenements are a couple of stunning colonial-era buildings, including the beautiful St Mary’s Church and a mansion that’s now the Abron Arts Centre.  One street name provides a hint of what Grand Street may have used to be here: a grand orchard.

32 - 99 Cent Store

32 – 99 Cent Store

33 - Ludlow Street

33 – Ludlow Street

34 – Seward Park High School to the left, Essex Street.

34 – Seward Park High School to the left, Essex Street.

35 - Tenements

35 – Tenements

36 – Apartment on Clinton Street.

36 – Apartment on Clinton Street.

37 – St Mary’s Church (1833).

37 – St Mary’s Church (1833).

38 – Abron Arts Center (1975), formerly the Harry De Jur Playhouse (1915).

38 – Abron Arts Center (1975), formerly the Harry De Jur Playhouse (1915).

39 – Triangular Park.

39 – Triangular Park.

E - Lower East Side

E – Lower East Side

 

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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