Grand St: Co-operative Village (East Broadway to FDR Drive)

40 – Hilman Housing Corporation.

40 – Hilman Housing Corporation.

Near the edge of the water, we enter the final ethnic enclave on Grand Street. This is the largely Jewish enclave of Co-op Village.  Here, one sees a landscape of towering red-brick apartment buildings with stunning views unto the water or the city.

Residents here are descendants of Polish, German and other Eastern European Jews who fled the Holocaust.  The Jewish community here is close-knit, and a mix of conservative and secular.  Here, on the Sabbath, lifts stop on every floor so those of a more Orthodox persuasion need not “work” the machine.

East River Houses, overlooking FDR Drive, was once sort-of home to me in New York, ten years ago, when I was partnered with a member of the tribe.  And walking past the exact building I had “lived” in filled me with some emotion.

41 – Stately old mansion, East Broadway.

41 – Stately old mansion, East Broadway.

42 – Eastside Kosher Grocery.

42 – Eastside Kosher Grocery.

43 – Sweeping view of Co-operative Village.

43 – Sweeping view of Co-operative Village.

44 – Madison Street.

44 – Madison Street.

45 – Hillman Housing Corporation.

45 – Hillman Housing Corporation.

46 – East River Houses, overlooking FDR Drive.

46 – East River Houses, overlooking FDR Drive.

F - Cooperative Village

F – Cooperative Village

 

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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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