New Book Reveals Growth and Change of Lower East Side

Local historians Eric Ferrara and David Bellel team up to tell history through vintage and modern photographs.
Oct. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Then & Now series is Lower East Side from local authors Eric Ferrara and David Bellel. The foreword is written by Joyce Mendelsohn. The book boasts more than 150 vintage and modern images, chronicling the change and growth of this Manhattan neighborhood.

New York City’s legendary Lower East Side is one of the oldest, most historically significant and complex quarters in America. Though recent gentrification has displaced most multigenerational immigrant families and mom-and-pop shops, the district still retains some of the character that made it so unique to the rest of the city.

Eric Ferrara and David Bellel of the Lower East Side History Project explore a century of neighborhood history through rare photographs supplied by local museum archives and private collections.

Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history.  Arcadia’s Then & Now series makes such local comparisons available.  Books in this series offer a special view of American life, placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.  

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit
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