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Jarmulowsky Bank Building

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A major Lower East Side bank from 1912-1917

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Lower East Side
Open Space, Office

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From the mid-nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, waves of immigrants from around the globe relocated to New York City. In hindsight they were united in their quest to create a better life in the United States, but contemporaneous linguistic, religious and ethnic differences led to territorial and institutional provinciality. Cultural groups settled in their own geographic enclaves and developed their own social, commercial and industrial networks. To serve and safeguard their own communities, they also established their own banks.

Between 1880 and 1910, approximately 1.1 million Jews fled from oppression in Eastern Europe and sought refuge in New York City’s Lower East Side. Amongst them was Alexander “Sender” Jarmulowsky, an entrepreneur from the Russian province of Lomza. Jarmulowsky was ordained as a rabbi, but after marrying Rachel Markels, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, he moved to Hamburg and established a trans-Atlantic shipping firm. In the early 1870s,...

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Lower East Side Business Improvement District website


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Nominated through the History Happened Here conference and report

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