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Orchard and Delancey Streets are two iconic streets on the Lower East Side.

James De Lancey, who lived from 1703-1760, had a farm in the area. He was a Chief Justice and acting colonial Governor of New York before it was formally a state. Orchard Street was named for the orchard that sat beside his large estate.

Delancey Street leads to the entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s mentioned in several songs, and there was even a movie made in 1988 called “Crossing Delancey”. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve read that it’s a romantic comedy.

Orchard Street was the main thoroughfare for discount shopping, back when mainly Jewish immigrants lived in its low-rise tenement buildings. There are still some older stores left, but gentrification is rapidly taking place, and new boutiques and restaurants are quickly popping up. Orchard Street is also home to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. It offers tours of actual tenement homes that were occupied by various immigrant families. They also have a wonderful museum shop.

Lately I’ve been interested in this area because of all the wonderful street art, and because it still has a gritty feeling that has disappeared in other Manhattan neighborhoods. A very large and modern apartment building is currently being built on Delancey Street, just once block away from this corner. I hope it doesn’t take away any more of the authentic flavor of this eclectic and historic area.

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1596 W: 246 N: 2599] (10218)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2017-08-09
  • Categories: Vida Diária, Arquitectura
  • Exposição: f/3.1, 1/636 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2017-10-08 12:20
  • Favoritos: 1 [ver]
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