To understand the rationale behind Ludfest (the Ludlow Street Festival), you should know that New York City is divided into 123 different Police Precincts. The tiny Seventh Precinct, second smallest in the city, is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Long a home to poor immigrants, bargain shops and, more recently, hipsters, foodies and trust fund babies, the area is served by the Seventh Precinct Community Council. The group sponsors a variety of activities and events including today’s fundraiser/block party.

The day-long Ludfest, held on the busy block of Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington, featured vendors, community and political organizations, a DJ and several up-and-coming local bands. All proceeds will be used for local youth programs including Christmas and Chanukah toy give-aways.

In front of Pianos
Smoking in front of Pianos

Slices for sale outside Isabella’s

Isabella’s $1 calzone

Outside the Living Room
Outside the Living Room

Crowd in front of Some Odd Rubies
Crowd in front of Some Odd Rubies

The DJ

Near the stage

Local cop on the beat
Local cop on the beat

A Place to Bury Strangers

Case for A Place to Bury Strangers
Case for A Place to Bury Strangers

MySpace: Ludfest
NYC Police Precincts
New York Magazine: How Low Can You Go?
MySpace: A Place To Bury Strangers
Secret Machines
Dub Trio
Other Passengers
The Sugar Report
Isabella’s Oven
The Living Room
Some Odd Rubies
Cake Shop

10 Responses to Ludfest

  1. What a cool event! Now I’m craving pizza.


  2. Olivier says:

    merci pour ton commentaire pour la fete du 14 et 15 octobre, malheureusement j’arrive le 15 octobre, donc je ne pourrais pas en profiter

    thank you for your comment for festival the 14 and October 15, unfortunately I arrive on October 15, therefore I could not benefit from it


  3. Annie says:

    What a funny case for a place . . .

    I love the idea of making a drum from one of the gourds. They are quite small – maybe a thumb drum?


  4. moi says:

    there’s always so much happening in your city and on your blog that i feel like I live in a remote hamlet!!!! I guess no city in US can match its energy ……..


  5. Hello, nice to know what the name LUDFEST means and the photo’s give a good impression of the festival…

    Question :
    Is the sevent Precinct a poor district? (area?) Or is it everywhere (all streetnumbers) the same , SO I mean not only poor people (hibitants) but mixed people with mixed backgrounds such as hippies etc. Just curious…

    Greetings and come to visit my dutch blog again? JoAnn greetings 🙂


  6. Am I dreaming or you are venturing accross the Bridge? Fearless, you are. 😉


  7. What a cool event!
    Great photos!


  8. Trotter says:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    I survived the Greek fires. Actually I was in the Islands (Kos, Crete and Mykonos) where there were no fires; only the island of Evia was somehow affected. I’m glad to be back and catch up your posts!
    LudFest looks quite nice, furthermore on my birthday…
    As I’m late, my posts at Blogtrotter are still in Bali 2005. Hope you enjoy it, anyhow!
    Have a nice weekend!


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