The Quality of Life in Loisaida

A Letter From the 2019 Editors:

In 2018, we reintroduced The Quality of Life in Loisaida/ Calidad de Vida en Loisaida, a magazine that was originally published in March 1978 and had been out of print since 1991. The team at the Loisaida Center has once again decided to publish a new issue of the magazine as last year’s issue was received with an overwhelmingly warm response.

The central theme for this issue is about change. As any member of this community can attest, changes in Loisaida in the last few years has led us to a critical moment of reflection and evaluation. As Loisaida is faced with challenges of social inequity and the consequences of climate change, what are we doing to ensure that our community continues to progress and thrive? The history of Loisaida is defined by changes led by local activists and grassroots activism. Our issue today focuses on the work of current artists, activists, and community members on topics of great concern in Loisaida in regards to changes in the neighborhood.

We invite you to engage with the material beyond the pages of this magazine and with your own communities and life. Special thanks to Libertad Guerra, Andrea Gordillo, and Alejandro Epifanio Juan for their support, guidance, and patience in the creation of this issue. If you are interested in contributing to future issues of The Quality of Life in Loisaida/ Calidad de Vida en Loisaida, feel free to contact us at

In Solidarity,

Wilfred Guerron and Dylan Garcia

Download/Read the 2019 Edition by clicking here.

A Letter From the 2018 Editors:

Jesse Benhart and myself, Dylan Garcia, are research fellows from New York University’s Urban Democracy Lab and have been working with the Loisaida Center over the past three months. We have been learning about the Center’s goals, activities, history, and community through research and participating in events. This magazine is the product of our research into the community as well as an homage to its history.

The Quality of Life in Loisaida/La Calidad de Vida en Loisaida magazine was originally published in March 1978 with the last issue published 13 years later in March 1991. The magazine’s tagline was, “Your Guide to Better Living in the Lower East Side” which speaks for itself as a publication meant to serve the community. The bilingual Spanish and English aspect was crucial for making it accessible to as many as possible. Articles often included information about how cook affordable meals, where to find affordable housing, and how to repurpose used items, among other topics.

The goal was to provide access to important information and events, as well as spread artwork and culture. We hope this reissue of the iconic magazine will reflect the spirit of the Lower East Side and its rich history of community activism.


Jesse Bernhart and Dylan Garcia

Download/Read the 2018 Edition by clicking here.

If you are interested in reading more, the entire archive is available at the NYPL SASB – Milstein Division – Mezzanine ((S) AZ 06-232 v. 1-8)
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