On March 19, 1913, the New York Times reported on a murder trial where a husband stood accused of stabbing his wife to death in their apartment at 247 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. The couple's son took the stand, and told the court how his father had threatened to kill his mother by demonstrating his intentions on an apple. "This is how I am going to cut mamma's head," the father told his son, as recounted by the boy on the stand. As he cut lines into the apple's skin, he said, "This is how I'm going to cut her throat." Then the father peeled the apple and told the boy, "This is how I am going to skin mamma's hands." The boy left the room crying, and before long, his mother was dead. The interesting thing is, if you just replace "mamma" with "the Lower East Side", you pretty much get the gist of this interview pertaining to what's currently going on inside 247 Eldridge Street. Kind of creepy when you think about it.
· The Eldridge: A Few Words With Matt Levine [Bottomless Dish]
· Lower East Side Denied a Dignified Death [Curbed]