New books on New York life appear with an almost comforting regularity. Available now from Princeton Architectural Press, Life On the Lower East Side: Photographs By Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950 presents the first monograph of (the then) young Lepkoff’s documentation of her home neighborhood. She traversed LES streets in the days before the demolition of the Alfred E. Smith housing project changed its flavor. Some 170 images capture a multi-ethnic close knit community, capturing the spirit of a now lost place.
Essays by historian Suzanne Wasserman and physician Peter Dans complement Lepkoff’s images.