Lower East Side History Month, now in its 7th year, was founded collaboratively as a celebration of neighborhood history and diversity – during a time of community change and displacement.  Each May, LES cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents create a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and gatherings to remember, learn, and share stories.

Key events include LES Community Hero Awards on April 30th and LES Stories: Chalk the LES on May 1st & 2nd!

All events take place in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida.

Sign up to Participate! 

Are you a Lower East Side small business or non-profit and want to get involved this year? Sign up to Participate! Deadline: March 6th

Signed up to participate and already know your programming? Great! Fill out the form so that it can be included on our online calendar and press releases! Deadline: March 29th


The 2020 Lower East Side Community Hero Award nominations are open!

The Lower East Side Community Hero Awards, a celebration held each May during LES History Month, celebrate our community’s ‘unsung heroes’ – the people who make a difference in our lives.

Nominations are open to organizations and individuals residing in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side which includes Loisaida, East Village, Two Bridges, and Chinatown.

Nominate a Community Hero! Deadline: March 25th