GOMPERS, SAMUEL HOUSES
Consolidated With: Hernandez, Meltzer Tower, Lower East Side 1 Infill
50 Pitt Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 982-0990 Fax (212) 598-0406
Pitt Street/Columbia Street
Delancey Street/Stanton Street
F, V to 2nd Avenue – walk to Eldridge Street
J, M, Z to Essex Street – walk east to Pitt Street
M22 to Montgomery and Madison Streets – walk 3 blocks north to Pitt Street
M14 Avenue A to Grand and Pitt Street – walk 2 blocks north
M14 Avenue C or D to Columbia and Delancey Streets – walk 1 block west to Pitt Street
M15 to Houston and 1st Avenue
NAMED AFTER: SAMUEL GOMPERS (1850 - 1924) – Born in England, Gompers came here in 1863 and went on to be a major figure in the American labor movement. He worked as a cigar maker and went on to help unionize them. In 1881 he founded a labor group that eventually became the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Gompers was AFL president for 37 years. He was a man of great personal integrity and fought to keep the union free of radical and socialistic elements. He fought for and won higher wages, shorter hours and more freedom for union workers. Gompers Houses is in Manhattan.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
Samuel Gompers Houses on the Lower East Side of Manhattan has two, 20-story buildings with 474 apartments housing an estimated 1,116 people. Completed April 30, 1964, the 3.7-acre site is between Delancey, Pitt and Stanton Streets.