In the late 19th and early 20th Century, the East Village and Lower East Side were home to a substantial German immigrant community. As a result, this area became known as Kleindeutschland, or “Little Germany.” Eventually the German community moved north to the Upper East Side and elsewhere, spurred on by the General Slocum Disaster, demographic changes stemming from large-scale Jewish immigration to the area, and the stigma during and after World War I attached to German identity. Remnants of Kleindeutschland can still been seen today in many of the buildings in the East Village, and below we have compiled a list of some past posts that have touched on the history of this neighborhood.
In addition to these posts, tomorrow night Daytonian in Manhattan will be presenting on Kleindeutschland at the 6th Street Community Center at 6:30pm. This program is free and open to the public, but you must register here.