Too often, the folks who really make a difference in a community go without knowing how much they are appreciated and respected by their neighbors.

The LES Community Hero Awards were created in 2014 to celebrate and honor the everyday under-recognized heroes of the Lower East Side. The Awards are an opportunity to honor those who have made a difference right here in our community.

All heroes are nominated, selected, and presented their awards by members of the Lower East Side community.

See The People’s LES website for more in depth information about our LES community heroes!


2014: Ruth Taube, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, Jaime Hernandez, Robert Graf, Steve Cannon
2015: Joyce Mendelsohn, Paul Garrin, Nelson Valentine, Mateo Gomez & Nelson Landrieu, Chino Garcia
2016: Harriet Putterman, Thea Martinez, Mike Hoyos, Wendy Brawer, Ed Litvak and Traven Rice, Dr. Michael Zisser
2017: Elissa Sampson, Jimmy Fragosa, Corinne Jennings, Steve Zeitlin, Crystal Field, Neighbors to Save Rivington House
2018: Charles Krezell, Monique Flores, Robert “Bob” Humber, Family of Ricky Leung, Essex Market Vendors
2019: Michael Casiano, Libertad Guerra, Ayo Harrington, Jose Ortiz-Rivera, Sandra Strother, the Drag March
2020: Eric Diaz/Vision Urbana
2021: John Blasco, Jen Chantrtanapichate, Anthony Feliciano, Sam Jacques, Jan Lee, Larissa Lozada, Carolyn Ratcliffe
2022: Marlis Momber, Shawn Garcia, Kim Fong, Frank Avila-Gordon, Debra Jeffreys-Glass
2023: Andy Fontanez, Camille Napoleon, Jasmine Corchado, K Webster, Lilah Mejia, Power Malu, Sabura Rashid