The Jewish Quarter. The Ghetto. The Jewish Section. The Lower East Side around the turn of the 20th century had several nicknames—with The Ghetto sounding particularly strange to contemporary ears.
But I’d never seen the neighborhood referred to as “Judea,” as it is on the back of this vintage postcard image of pushcarts, tenements, and crowds on Hester Street.
It was sent in by an Ephemeral reader who had also never heard of a New York neighborhood referenced as “Judea,” the ancient name of the province where present-day Israel is located.
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