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Remembering Lower Manhattan's Now-Erased Lewis Street

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Lewis Street is a street that used to exist, as the latest Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Map It! feature recalls, from Grand Street to East 8th Street between Avenue D and the East River. It has since been deleted from the city's grid, but the preservationist group's blog has a few photos and a brief history of the thoroughfare, which only exists today as the site of P.S. 188. The reason for its erasure? The construction of three major public housing complexes in the 1940s and 1950s. Hello, displacement. Check it out.

· History Lessons archive [Curbed]