Mapping Urban Cafés and Modern Jewish CultureMain MenuAbout the ProjectSholem Aleichem and Menakhem Mendel travelsThe "Demolished Literature" of Karl Kraus' ViennaSeeing into the Lower East Side CafésOdessa CafesOdessaZoë Wilkinson Saldaña6beb73a90c38e77367b9737ee8e808917759a78eIsabella Buzynski4c5090420af98824ad786b6dac1f314b9e9f95a8
Sholem's Cafe Cropped Version
12017-09-14T13:56:13-07:00Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña6beb73a90c38e77367b9737ee8e808917759a78e197492Running to Sholem's Cafeplain2017-09-26T16:03:36-07:001909KibitzerZoë Wilkinson Saldaña6beb73a90c38e77367b9737ee8e808917759a78e
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12017-09-05T13:24:43-07:00Seeing into the Lower East Side Cafés17plain2017-09-27T13:27:24-07:00 In the early 1900s, the regular diners at Lower East Side cafés literally sat at the center of diasporic Jewish culture. Their names and stories and gossip appeared in Yiddish papers printed by the millions. At the same time, this era of Jewish café culture went largely unphotographed -- or photographed after the fact, as a nostalgic gaze backwards into a near-mythical time.
Who gets to "see" into these cafés? In this pathway we explore the visual culture built up around Lower East Side in the first half of the 20th century.