Lower East Side History Project (LESHP) is an award-winning non-profit organization, professional educators and researchers, movie & TV consultants and, multi-generational Lower East Siders. Everyone involved in our organization are actually from the neighborhood and active in the community.

Who we are

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.

Our founder

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.

Our mission

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.

What we do

LESHP provides educational programming to K-12 and university level students, public walking tours, media consultation, research services, and special events, lectures and presentations.

How we are funded

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
Executive Director,
Angel Orensanz Foundation & Center

Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Executive Director,
Merchant’s House Museum

Andrew Berman
Executive Director,
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Tamara Greenfield
Executive Director,
Fourth Arts Block, 4th Street Cultural District

Jan Hanvik
Executive Director,
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

Alan Solomon
Local business owner, historian

Mary Tierney
Board of Directors,
Theater for the New City

Steve Warnick
Executive Director,
P.S. 122


Citizens Committee for New York City

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

4th St Cultural District

Merchant’s House Museum

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Historic Districts Council

New York Public Library

NY Historical Society

Angel Orensanz Foundation

Municipal Art Society

The New Museum

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

Story Corps

Big Apple Greeter

Tenement Museum

Bowery Mission

Metropolitan Playhouse

Lower East Side Girls Club

NOHO/Bowery Partnership

Bowery Arts & Science

Guides Association of New York City

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