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Growing Up and Old on the Lower East Side: Five-Minute Stories from Locals on Making a Home in a Place of Flux

Sunday, October 2, 2011, 12–1 pm


Photograph of an elderly woman pushing a cart on the Lower East Side
There’s an old saying that goes, “You can never go home again.” This may mean the bookstore that you spent your childhood in has been replaced by another Trader Joe’s, or maybe those sweet old neighbors have moved away after 30 years. These types of changes are sometimes hard to bear when they happen in or around our homes. But what would it be like to grow up or grow old in a place where no two days are ever really the same? That is what thousands of people, of all backgrounds, are experiencing on the Lower East Side. Amidst all the topographical, cultural, demographic, and economic changes, they remain firm in calling these streets home. “Growing Up and Old on the Lower East Side” will bring together locals who will share five-minute stories about how and why they call the Lower East Side home. This event is organized by PenTales, an international project that brings together people and their stories through live events. Share your story at

Photo: courtesy Stephanie Ursula Hodges

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