Protest against child labor, New York City, May 1, 1909 (Labor Day). Two
young girls proudly wear sashes calling for an end to child labor,
referring to the practice as “child slavery.” The signs are written in
both English and Hebrew. Jewish immigrants, forced out of Russia and
Eastern Europe because of pogroms and anti-Semitic laws, came to New
York City in large numbers. Many immigrant Jews worked in the garment
industry, a field rife with unfair labor practices. The New York City
garment industry, along with the Jewish immigrant population, were
centered around Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
After the musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” closed on Broadway this month, the producers — including Darren Sussman and Roman Gambourg — realized there was such enthusiasm for the production that they decided to keep up the interest by opening a place to serve pirogi. (Theatergoers were given a small box containing one potato pirogen at the start of the show.) Samovarchik, a little spot with a counter and a few seats indoors and out, offers a menu of Russian specialties made from the recipes of Lena Gambourg, a native of St. Petersburg, a real-estate broker and Mr. Gambourg’s mother. Pirogi, pelmeni dumplings, savory kachapuri pastries, borscht and beef stroganoff are among the richly alluring temptations: Samovarchik, 11 Stanton Street (Bowery), 646-882-0333.
The Bialystoker Synagogue at 7-11 Bialystoker Place, formerly Willett Street, between Grand and Broome Streets in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue. The building was constructed in 1826 as the Willett Street Methodist Episcopal Church; the synagogue purchased the building in 1905.
“I am wearing a velvet tank top that I bought in high school (!) and a sequined skirt that I found at a vintage shop in Seattle. The shoes are 90s Steve Maddens. I’m easily seduced by pieces with striking texture or color, or whimsical girly things. I’ve been dreaming of an outfit in pale light green and hot hot scarlet. Whenever I see that color combination on the street I swoon.”