West Side from South Ferry to St. Peter's on Barclay Street
With Joe Svehlak
Explore what is left of Downtown Manhattan’s Lower West Side, once a thriving unique immigrant and commercial area before two acts of eminent domain wiped out the “Little Syria” area and Radio Row, the city’s first electronics district. There was even an area noted for selling religious goods. View a former Syrian church, the Downtown Community House, and a few remaining tenements and Federal style townhouses. Learn about the struggle to preserve the memory and few remaining buildings of this former melting pot area where 27 nationalities were counted living here in 1917. We’ll see the rampant redevelopment after 9/11/2001 and end at New York’s first Catholic parish, St. Peter’s, where noted New Yorker’s and various immigrant groups worshiped.