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No Mr. Nice Guy: Lou Reed

On the late Lou Reed’s 69th birthday, Elizabeth Wurtzel explained that contrary to the assertions of Philip Roth and others, the problem with Jewish male artists is not that they are too nice

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Jazz Standards

Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene

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Rabbi Zuckerberg

Josh Yuter, punny Twitterer

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Sore

When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies

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Sundown: Hitchens To Have Chemo

Plus Cantor ups profile, ‘TAL’ takes last breath, and more

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Mistaken Identity?

When I lived upstairs from the Jewish Defense Organization, Hitler was a presence on the Lower East Side

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Sundown: Goldstone Responds

Plus leave Chomsky alone! and more

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Yiddish Troupe Battle Royale

Two Jewish theater companies, three opinions

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Sundown: Abbas Says He Fears Israeli Assassination

Plus happy 100th to a New York knishery, and more

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Dolled Up

American Girl teaches the economic realities of the old Lower East Side—and of today

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A Guss by Any Other Name

Lower East Side picklery to lose name, too

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Guss’ Pickles Decamps For Brooklyn

Are there any more decent pickles in Manhattan?

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On the Other Side

Moishe Nadir wrote Yiddish stories for American audiences—on deadline

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In the Palm of His Hand

A look at Abraham Hochman, 19th-century Lower East Side clairvoyant

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Egg Creams and Egg Rolls, By Any Other Name

What else could New York’s Eldridge Street Synagogue call a celebration of its Chinatown neighborhood?

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A Jewel of a Shul

An elegant history of a Lower East Side landmark

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Before the Exodus

A tour of Streit’s matzo factory, while it’s still in the neighborhood

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A Wanderer in the Desert

How a tubercular shoemaker became a great Yiddish poet

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Rise and Shine

What happens when 100 klezmer musicians from around the world gather for a photo op?

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Staged Rebellion

Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin inspired fury and adulation

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Gertel’s Last Stand

After 90 years, a Lower East Side institution shut its doors

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Mmmm, Fruit Slices

An audio tour of a well-worn candy store on the Lower East Side

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Radical Roots

Why the Yiddish workers’ movement was an American phenomenon

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Family Affair

How a faraway girlhood became part of my own

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Block Buster

Jonathan Rosen talks about the tortured vision of Henry Roth. With a reading from Call It Sleep.

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