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WALD, LILLIAN HOUSES
54 Avenue D
New York, NY 10009
(212) 673-9306 Fax (212) 673-2140


Street Boundaries
Avenue D/FDR Drive
East 6th Street/Houston Street
Subway Lines
F to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue and East Houston – walk east down Delancey Street towards Columbia Street
J, M to Essex Street (follow above instructions)
L to 1st Avenue and 14th Street (follow bus instructions below)
Bus Lines
M14C, M14D going towards Avenue D and East 6th Street

NAMED AFTER: LILLIAN WALD (1867 – 1940) – She originated the public health nursing service in the country and the Henry Street Nurses Settlement on the Lower East Side. A dynamic force for social reform she created widely accepted models of public health and social service programs. Her nursing education in New York led her to conclude that tenement residents lacked proper health care, so she organized the Henry Street nurses group and later expanded settlement programs to include social services, especially for children. Wald played a key role in organizing the American Red Cross. She was a leader in the fight to abolish child labor and helped foster the creation of the Children's Bureau in 1912. Wald Houses is in Manhattan.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESRIPTION:
Lillian Wald Houses on Manhattan's Lower East Side has 16 buildings 10, 11, 13 and 14-stories tall with 1,857 apartments housing an estimated 4,536 residents. Completed October 14, 1949, the 16.46-acre complex is between F.D.R. Drive, Avenue D, East 6th and East Houston Streets.