About MYNY

Mapping Yiddish New York is an online archive seeking to document all aspects of Yiddish culture in New York: from theater, film, literature and press, through music, record labels, humor, and restaurants to organizations and institutions. In addition to mapping particular sites, persons, and events, this website features digital essays exploring the Yiddish history of the New York City. The project is a result of partnerships with CCNMTL (now Center for Teaching and Learning), Yiddish Studies Program, Columbia University LibrariesDigital Humanities Center, Language Resource Center, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, faculty partners, and a wide range of students at Columbia — all in support of close study of Yiddish language and cultural history. (See also the previous version of the Mapping Yiddish New York project with some additional entries.)

Mapping Yiddish New York has been closely associated with a number of courses taught by Dr. Agi Legutko: Taste of Yiddish (Fall 2014), Yiddish New York (Spring 2016), Life Writing in Yiddish Literature: Memoir, Autobiography, or Fiction? (Spring 2017), Gender and Sexuality in Yiddish Literature (Fall 2017) and with Yiddish language classes offered at Columbia. Librarians at Columbia are coordinating with cultural institutions to assemble a base of digitized material to support multimedia study of this vibrant history and its later influence. Undergraduate and graduate students are actively participating in building the collection, through the contribution of items such as histories, biographies, and document analyses, under the supervision of faculty members. Connecting humanities study at Columbia to the active development of a unique growing digital archive, Mapping Yiddish New York is a project aimed to become an indispensable resource for exploration of the Yiddish New York.


The National Theater on Lower East Side ca. 1912


Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Agi Legutko

in partnership with

Language Resource Center: Stéphane Charitos & Simon Zuberek

Columbia Digital Humanities: Alex Gil

CTL: Kenny Hirschmann


2 thoughts on “About MYNY

  1. My name is Matthew Brittingham and I am a PhD candidate in Emory University’s Department of Religion. I study American Jewish history with an emphasis on Yiddish print culture and discourses on religion. I would like to contribute entries to the both the blog and the map. Please contact me when convenient.

  2. My Great Grandfather, Mark Raphael was a Yiddish printer and Typographical Union President who worked at several addresses on East Broadway – His print shop was Union Printing House @ 145 East Broadway in the 1890s

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