'Tales of Vice: The Red-Light District of the Lower East Side' Webinar

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"If a woman hailed you as you walked down Allen Street, you knew she wasn’t calling you to a minyan” — Judge Jonah Goldstein

From the 1890s through the 1990s, Allen Street in New York's Lower East Side was the center of the neighborhood's vices, from its countless ciderstubes (dive bars/brothels) to cholents (Jewish prostitutes). But out of all the streets in the neighborhood, how did Allen Street become the hub for illicit activity? And what eventually became of it? It's time to turn the page in New York City history and uncover the lewd legacy of one of its most infamous red-light districts.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the rise, fall, and resurgence of the Lower East Side's red-light district, one of the most notorious thoroughfares in New York City history.

Led by licensed NYC tour guide Robert Brenner, our virtual experience surrounding the Lower East Side's scandalous past will include:

  • The incredible story of the Jewish detective who went undercover to smash the vice rackets
  • A look at the highest-profile crimes and criminals in the neighborhood's history, from gangs that controlled the streets, to a serial killer who stalked the working girls of Allen Street, to a mobster whose spectacular murder shook the neighborhood
  • A discussion of how societal issues of the day shaped the neighborhood's history, including anti-Semitism, mass transit, sexism, capitalism, urban renewal, and xenophobia
  • Tales of the two hardest working Jewish prostitutes in New York City — but never on Shabbat

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Robert — any and all questions about the former red-light district of the Lower East Side are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Robert

Robert Brenner is a licensed New York City tour guide, a certified member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), and an almost lifelong New Yorker. He is currently pursuing a MALS in New York Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. His mother grew up on the Lower East Side in the good/bad old days—she would plotz if she saw this webinar.


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