LESHP programs are organized and operated by community historians, educators and preservationists dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, culture and community of the Lower East Side. Everyone involved with LESHP are native or veteran New Yorkers who are active community members who take great pride in their work and neighborhood.
LESHP was founded by Eric Ferrara, a fourth-generation Lower East Sider, author of several NYC history books, and a popular lecturer. Mr. Ferrara is also a movie & television consultant and personality, who has worked on History Chanel, PBS, Nat Geo, and much more.
LESHP's mission is to document the Lower East Side's great history comprehensively and accurately and utilize this information to raise awareness of the Lower East Side's historic significance and influence in world history. The Project has been collecting important data since 2001, and countless students, journalists, preservationists, media outlets, educators and history junkies continue to utilize our information.
LESHP provides educational programming to K-12 and university level students, public walking tours, media consultation, research services, and special events, lectures and presentations.
LESHP is entirely self funded via public walking tours and various programming.
2009 - Citizens Committee for New York City
2012 - Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
2014 - Acker Award
Al Orensanz, Ph.D
Angel Orensanz Foundation & Center
Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Merchant's House Museum
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Fourth Arts Block, 4th Street Cultural District
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
Educational Committee member,
The NYC Collaborative for Fairness and Equity in Philanthropy
Bill Millard, Ph.D
Published journalist, editor and architectural historian
Local business owner, historian
Board of Directors,
Theater for the New City