• City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is preserving New York's cultural heritage
  • City Lore is documenting New York stories
  • City Lore is preserving Places that Matter
  • City Lore is artists in schools
  • City Lore is exploring the city
  • City Lore is the POEMobile in your neighborhood
  • City Lore is the People's Hall of Fame
  • City Lore is where you find rich resources


Opening December 15th: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Please note that the gallery will be closed from December 24th – January 5th. Normal viewing hours resume on January 6th. 
Poetic Voices posits poetry as a lens for cross-cultural understanding and examines its role in different aspects of life in Muslim cultures—intellectual, spiritual, social, and political. Originally developed in 2011 by City Lore and Poets House, it has travelled to 11 cities across the US. Now it returns to the Lower East Side. 
Gallery Hours (resuming Jan. 6th):
Fri  2 – 6pm
Sat – Sun 12 – 6pm
and by appointment
To schedule a visit outside of normal hours, please email Liz at liz@citylore.org. 


Keep the Grassroots Growing

Read Ray Allen‘s piece on the JOuvert festival’s history & its modern role in preserving Trinidadian traditions.

Join City Lore in preserving the things we love about New York-places that matter, street performers, folk artists, community gardens, ethnic social clubs, Coney Island, and the New York City accent. 

Learn about NYC’s grassroots culturesSupport what’s distinctive about New York and track how the city is doing with the People’s City Report Card.

Support local landmarks and cherished sites –Defend places endangered in the ebb and flow of New York City’s rapidly changing cultural landscape through our Place Matters program.

Street performers in New York City – Find out the dos and don’ts of street performing in our Know Your Rights online guide.

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