March 1, 2011 ...........6:30pm

Seward Park Branch Library

192 East Broadway at Jefferson St

Manhattan, NY

subway: F to East Broadway | get directions

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description/ This monthly series spotlights films shot on the legendary Lower East Side.

The March 1 installment takes a look at the down-and-out men on the Bowery during the grittier times before condo development and gelaterias appeared on the scene.

The first feature, Bowery Men's Shelter (1972, 10 minutes), directed by Tony Ganz and Rhody Streeter, peeks into the world of a men's shelter on East 3rd Street, the home of several addicts and ex–mental patients in the early '70s.

In the second, On the Bowery (1956, 65 minutes), director Lionel Rogosin blends documentary and scripted scenes as he follows two men sleeping on the streets of the Lower East Side, struggling with survival and sobriety.

In the final film of the evening, How Do You Like the Bowery? (1964, 14 minutes), then–New York University students Dan Halas and Alan Raymond pose that question to men on the Bowery, who paint a clear, often crude image of the neighborhood at the time.

The first screening begins at 6:30pm at Seward Park Library.