New Yorkers have always known one idea to be true: there’s strength in numbers.
The history of this city is peppered with revolutions that reflect the issues of the neighborhood and the people populating them. The protests of Lower Manhattan reflect the people who lived here – immigrants, students, workers, and marginalized communities who made an effort to stand up for their beliefs, despite the risks in doing so.
Below is a timeline of seven uprisings and riots, stretching from the 19th century to the 21st century. Each story shows the unwavering courage of the protester, the importance of a unified community, and the timeless strength and spirit of the New Yorker. From low wages to no wages, from civil rights to overpriced meat – each cause, in the end, proved to be worth the fight.
- Post by Gemma Solomons, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum