A: In a way this place is a greenhouse for new ideas and new types of culture. I think that creates a grassroots growth. If it helps generate confidence in both the immigrants but also other people to be able to speak their mind openly and stand up for themselves, they can definitely do that in this community. E: People should be reminded that this is a country of immigrants. Living here, living in the Lower East Side, it’s so obvious. For us it is such an obvious thing, but it is not like that all over the country. A: This neighborhood demonstrates it. You see the layers of the different immigrants coming in at the different times, but it’s still only a couple of centuries, so it’s still pretty new. This is a good demonstration. This is a microcosm of the whole country.
– Amiel and Efrat