LESPI's Moveable Feast Event May 2014
As part of Lower East Side History Month, LESPI sponsored a two part "Moveable Feast" event which included, first, a rollicking tour of the Bowery / LES below Houston, and second, a delicious kosher Greek-American lunch at the landmarked Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue.

Theatre historian Cezar Del Valle recounted the salty history of the Bowery, one of the most historic streets in the country that during the 19th century was NYC's theater and bawdy entertainment district. The tour was an architectural feast for the eyes.

At Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue, Museum Director and LESPI Board Member Marcia Ikonomopoulos recounted the congregation's history, and presided over a kosher feast that included yaprakes, bourekas, and kourlouias.

Richard Moses, LESPI president, concluded the lunch by describing LESPI's work in preserving the historic Lower East Side. A lively debate quickly developed on the topic of preservation and the merits of modern architecture. A very spirited conclusion to a richly rewarding afternoon!
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