Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum The Tenement Museum tells the true stories of American immigrant and migrant families through recreated apartments in historic tenement buildings constructed in New York's historic Lower East Side.
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We also offer neighborhood walking tours, evening events, The Tenement Museum tells the true stories of American immigrant families through recreated apartments in a historic tenement building constructed in New York's historic Lower East Side. We also offer neighborhood walking tours, evening programs, free English language classes and programs for school groups. If you're interested in promoting your project via our social media network, please email [email protected]. Our community agreement: Be respectful of the memories the Museum preserves.

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#OTD in 1909, the Uprising of the 20,000 began, lead by a young Jewish activist named Clara Lemlich. It was a massive ga...
11/22/2020

#OTD in 1909, the Uprising of the 20,000 began, lead by a young Jewish activist named Clara Lemlich. It was a massive garment strike, in which the employees, largely young immigrant women, demanded higher wages, fewer hours, and more fair labor practices. Pictured is a group of women volunteering for picket duty to be on the streets and demand a place "to hang their hats!"

Born November 21, 1920, Rivka Epstein lived at 103 Orchard St with her husband and two daughters. Her daughter, Bella, f...
11/21/2020

Born November 21, 1920, Rivka Epstein lived at 103 Orchard St with her husband and two daughters. Her daughter, Bella, fondly remembers that she loved all things beautiful: the two of them would go shopping in the neighborhood for costume jewelry, and she always made sure their apartment was painted with "freilich" or joyful colors. #OTD

In partnership with the American Indian Community House, join us on November 24 for a free virtual talk with historian K...
11/20/2020
Virtual Tenement Talk: A Journey to Freedom - Tenement Museum

In partnership with the American Indian Community House, join us on November 24 for a free virtual talk with historian Kent Blansett, author of "A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement." Prof. Blansett will share the life of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, who grew up in Brooklyn, and how his actions reflected a unique voice of Indigenous leadership within the Red Power movement, a movement seeking self-determination for American Indians.

https://www.tenement.org/events/virtual-tenement-talk-a-journey-to-freedom/

A free virtual talk with historian Kent Blansett, author of "A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement." In partnership with the American Indian Community House.

Join us tonight at 7pm for a Virtual Tour of the Rogarshevsky family, a Jewish American family who lived in 97 Orchard S...
11/19/2020

Join us tonight at 7pm for a Virtual Tour of the Rogarshevsky family, a Jewish American family who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s. Just like on our Sweatshop Workers building tour, we will virtually guide you through their home, and discuss how the family balanced their traditions with working outside the home at garment factories across the city.

https://www.tenement.org/tour/virtual-tour-rogarshevsky-family//?tour_date=2020-11-19

Join us tomorrow, November 17, for a virtual book talk with Anna Angelidakis, author of "Rooted in the Hood: An Intimate...
11/16/2020
Virtual Book Talk: Rooted in the Hood - Tenement Museum

Join us tomorrow, November 17, for a virtual book talk with Anna Angelidakis, author of "Rooted in the Hood: An Intimate Portrait of New York City’s Community Gardens" - a photo essay celebrating the community gardens of New York City and the people who create, cultivate, and enjoy them. https://www.tenement.org/events/virtual-book-talk-rooted-in-the-hood/

A a free virtual talk with Anna Angelidakis, author of "Rooted in the Hood: An Intimate Portrait of New York City’s Community Gardens."

#OTD in 1864 John and Caroline Schneiders opened a Lager Bier Saloon on the ground level of 97 Orchard Street. Just one ...
11/12/2020
Virtual Tour: Meet the Schneiders, 1870s - Tenement Museum %

#OTD in 1864 John and Caroline Schneiders opened a Lager Bier Saloon on the ground level of 97 Orchard Street. Just one of over 700 saloons in the Lower East Side, they established a community space for people to come together in celebration, mourning, political organizing, mutual aid, and for a beer at the end of a day.

Take a virtual trip to Schneider's saloon on Nov. 21! Get your tickets now at:
https://www.tenement.org/events/vt-schneiders-1870s-nov21/

Travel back to 1860s New York to visit Joseph and Bridget Moore, Irish immigrants living with their children at 97 Orchard Street.

"I graduated June 18th, and by July 17th I was gone." Andy Velez (pictured) served in the Air Force during the Vietnam c...
11/11/2020

"I graduated June 18th, and by July 17th I was gone." Andy Velez (pictured) served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. Puerto Ricans have a long and important history in the U.S. Military, serving in every major conflict since 1899, eight years before they were named citizens. Andy's wife Jenni told the Museum that she and Andy would send cassette tapes back and forth in order to stay in touch. #VeteransDay

11/11/2020
Virtual Book Talk: Metropolis

#LIVENOW Virtual Book Talk: Metropolis with author and historian Ben Wilson! Join us on Youtube Live https://youtu.be/U0QKWOB761Y

Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual talk with historian Ben Wilson, author of Metropolis: A History of Humankind’s Greatest Invention, in conversation...

#OTD in 1918, the Burinescu family would have been sitting shiva for Jacob, a loving husband and father who died from th...
11/09/2020

#OTD in 1918, the Burinescu family would have been sitting shiva for Jacob, a loving husband and father who died from the Flu of 1918. We know from oral histories that he presumably fell ill after visiting friends from his theater troupe (pictured; Jacob is center) in the hospital. The Burinescus were one of thousands of families whose lives were tragically affected by the health crisis. Learn more about the Burinescus and the Flu of 1918 in our digital exhibition, Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic.
https://www.tenement.org/the-burinescus-and-the-influenza-of-1918/

Open for Veterans Day! Join us this Wednesday for a walking tour of the Lower East Side, and stop by our Museum Shop! ht...
11/09/2020
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Open for Veterans Day! Join us this Wednesday for a walking tour of the Lower East Side, and stop by our Museum Shop! https://www.tenement.org/tours/?tour_quantity=0&tour_type%5B%5D=6&tour_date=2020-11-11

Select a date above to check availability. Tickets are available to purchase three to five weeks in advance. The Museum is currently offering: Neighborhood Walking Tours of the Lower East Side on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and select holidays Virtual Tenement Tours on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays,....

11/06/2020
Virtual Tour: Life and Death in 1918

#LIVENOW: Join us for our Virtual Tour: Life and Death in 1918! Streaming now on YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/Z6Tm0-Bmbwg

Join us on Youtube Live for an exploration of the flu pandemic of 1918. The Burinescu family lived in the Museum’s historic tenement building during the flu ...

In 1914, working class residents of the Lower East Side waited all night for the Congressional election results to be pr...
11/04/2020

In 1914, working class residents of the Lower East Side waited all night for the Congressional election results to be projected onto the facade of the Jewish Daily Forward building. Many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants, they were deeply invested in the future of their community and their country. At 2:00am, they finally learned their candidate, Meyer London, had been elected to Congress, and the people outside the Forward building celebrated for many hours. Whether they are eligible to vote or not, immigrant and migrant communities have always played a vital role in our democratic processes, advocating for themselves and for others, and making sure their voices are heard.

11/03/2020
Josephine Baldizzi, on her parents voting

Shortly after the Museum first opened, we recorded an oral history with Josephine Baldizzi, who lived at 97 Orchard Street until 1935 with her Italian immigrant parents. She recalled their excitement when they were finally able to vote and participate in the democratic process. They understood it was both a privilege to do so, and a responsibility as new Americans. As you head out to the final day of voting, we hope you use your privilege to advocate for immigrant rights, for voting rights, for civil rights, for housing rights, and for equality for all.

Join us tomorrow at 7pm for "Chamber Pots and Handkerchiefs: Illness in a 19th Century Tenement" - adapted from our popu...
10/28/2020
Virtual Tour: Chamber Pots and Handkerchiefs - Tenement Museum

Join us tomorrow at 7pm for "Chamber Pots and Handkerchiefs: Illness in a 19th Century Tenement" - adapted from our popular LIFE AND DEATH building tour! We'll discuss how tenements, working class neighborhoods, and immigrant living impacted the emerging municipal responses to public health, and how we still see that legacy in response to COVID-19. RSVP now! https://www.tenement.org/events/chamber-pots-handkerchiefs-oct29/

A virtual visit exploring how people in lower Manhattan experienced illness, disease, and death during the 19th century.

In celebration of the enduring tradition of immigrant entrepreneurship and in recognition of the crises many small busin...
10/27/2020
Immigrants Mean Business: An Enduring History of Entrepreneurship - Tenement Museum

In celebration of the enduring tradition of immigrant entrepreneurship and in recognition of the crises many small business are facing today, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Tenement Museum partnered to present "Immigrants Mean Business: An Enduring History of Entrepreneurship." This digital exhibit captures a glimpse into the lives of six entrepreneurs who began their businesses with hopes of being able to support their family and give back to their new communities, and links past and present via archival photos from the late nineteenth century through the 1970s.

Explore the exhibit now! https://www.tenement.org/immigrants-mean-business/

The Tenement Museum and the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) honor New York City’s small business owners struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. May we celebrate the contributions they continue to make in their communities every day.

Rosaria Baldizzi was an undocumented Italian immigrant who lived at 97 Orchard Street during the Great Depression. With ...
10/26/2020

Rosaria Baldizzi was an undocumented Italian immigrant who lived at 97 Orchard Street during the Great Depression. With her husband out of work and two children to take care, where did she turn for help? Find out on our Virtual Tour of their home, tomorrow at 11am ET https://www.tenement.org/events/virtual-tour-baldizzi-oct27/

Early voting begins today in NY! Be like Sarah Burinescu, one of the first female voters to live at 97 Orchard Street, a...
10/24/2020

Early voting begins today in NY! Be like Sarah Burinescu, one of the first female voters to live at 97 Orchard Street, and get to the polls to make sure your vote counts!

Read more about Sarah on our digital exhibit, Tenement Women: Agents of Change https://www.tenement.org/tenement-women-agents-of-change/

While on the hunt for artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's grave in Green-Wood Cemetery, we recollect on the truth and fiction ...
10/23/2020
Haunted by History Part II: Restless Spirits - Tenement Museum

While on the hunt for artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's grave in Green-Wood Cemetery, we recollect on the truth and fiction behind the turbulent and often mythologized Lower East Side during the 1970s and 80s. Check out the latest in our series "Haunted by History": https://www.tenement.org/blog/haunted-by-history-part-ii-restless-spirits/

The Tenement Museum’s Jason Eisner and his daughter return to Green-Wood Cemetery, and in the process of aiding a few people in their search for the grave of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, uncover a haunting moment in Lower East Side history. A story told in three parts and two paintings. Read part ...

This Saturday, travel back to 1860s New York to visit Joseph and Bridget Moore, Irish immigrants living with their child...
10/21/2020

This Saturday, travel back to 1860s New York to visit Joseph and Bridget Moore, Irish immigrants living with their children at 97 Orchard Street. As on our “Irish Outsiders” tour, we’ll visit their tenement apartment to understand daily life and discuss the Moore’s experiences as Irish New Yorkers. How were they making an Irish home in the heart of the ‘Little Germany’ neighborhood? What discrimination might they have faced, and what opportunities did they have as Irish immigrants?

Purchase your tickets now: https://www.tenement.org/events/virtual-tour-moore-oct24/

10/20/2020

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's Virtual Book Talk: Lemongrass & Lime has been cancelled. We apologize for the late notice. We hope to reschedule with Leah Cohen at a later date, and we will keep you informed of when we do.

Is visiting the Tenement Museum on your bucket list? Have you told all your friends about your trip to Orchard Street - ...
10/19/2020

Is visiting the Tenement Museum on your bucket list? Have you told all your friends about your trip to Orchard Street - back when vacations were a thing? You can still visit our recreated apartments - from anywhere in the world! Join us for a virtual tour: https://www.tenement.org/events/?event_type=virtual-tour#

Every building tells a story. These structures are reflections of the cultures, ideas, and people that built them. Join ...
10/16/2020
Virtual Walking Tour - How to Build a Neighborhood: An Architectural Exploration of the Lower East Side - Tenement Museum

Every building tells a story. These structures are reflections of the cultures, ideas, and people that built them. Join us tomorrow for a virtual walking tour exploring the architecture of the Lower East Side. RSVP now! https://www.tenement.org/events/how-to-build-a-neighborhood-oct-17/ #OHNYwknd

A virtual walking tour exploring 200 years of Lower East Side architecture.

Bad news: today, Oct 15, is the last day to fill out the #2020Census. Good news: you can easily fill it out online, it o...
10/15/2020
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Bad news: today, Oct 15, is the last day to fill out the #2020Census. Good news: you can easily fill it out online, it only takes a few minutes, and everyone can fill it out, regardless of immigration status! Head over to 2020census.gov to #BeCounted!

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

We're returning to Green-Wood Cemetery in our new blog series, Haunted by History! While aiding a few people in their se...
10/14/2020
Haunted by History Part I: Lost Souls - Tenement Museum

We're returning to Green-Wood Cemetery in our new blog series, Haunted by History! While aiding a few people in their search for the grave of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, we uncover a haunting moment in Lower East Side history. A story told in three parts and two paintings. Read part 1 now! https://www.tenement.org/blog/haunted-by-history-part-i-lost-souls/

The Tenement Museum’s Jason Eisner and his daughter return to Green-Wood Cemetery, and in the process of aiding a few people in their search for the grave of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, uncover a haunting moment in Lower East Side history. A story told in three parts and two paintings.

On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, honor the lives of Indigenous People by finding ways to support local community organizations....
10/12/2020
Manna-hatta Fund

On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, honor the lives of Indigenous People by finding ways to support local community organizations. An organization local to the Tenement Museum is the American Indian Community House. “The mission of American Indian Community House (AICH) is to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian Community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect.” The organization was founded in 1969 and today their membership includes Native Americans from 72 different tribes. You can directly support AICH through their Manna-hatta Fund at mannahattafund.org!

📸 : Ty Defoe

The Manna-hatta Fund presents an opportunity for all settlers to support the Indigenous peoples, such as the Lenni Lenape, who were forcefully displaced by European settlers and their descendants to create New York City and the United States. Millions of Native people have been surviving attempted g...

#LIVENOW: Join us for our virtual event CONTRACEPTIVES AND CONTROVERSIES, discussing the history of birth control from t...
10/08/2020

#LIVENOW: Join us for our virtual event CONTRACEPTIVES AND CONTROVERSIES, discussing the history of birth control from the 1870s to the 1930s. Watch on our YouTube channel now! https://youtu.be/UIskeJRSDD4

A relief of Karl Marx on a condo building, the remains of a 1920s air conditioning system, an 1830s row house in the mid...
10/08/2020

A relief of Karl Marx on a condo building, the remains of a 1920s air conditioning system, an 1830s row house in the middle of a busy street - how much do you really notice about your neighborhood? Discover the secrets of the Lower East Side on one of our weekend walking tours - get your tickets now!

https://www.tenement.org/visit/neighborhood-walking-tours/

Carmen Pabón became known as “La Madrina de Loisaida" for her community work on the Lower East Side. She felt it was her...
10/07/2020
Remembering Carmen Pabón, La Madrina de Loisaida | Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños

Carmen Pabón became known as “La Madrina de Loisaida" for her community work on the Lower East Side. She felt it was her calling to take care of people, and she spent decades providing food, shelter, and clothing to those in need. She was also an instrumental leader in the community garden movement in the neighborhood. One of these gardens is named in her honor - Carmen Pabón del Amanecer Jardín. Pabón passed away in 2006 at the age of 94, but her legacy lives on in the community activism she established and the gardens she fought for. #HispanicHeritageMonth

Read more about Carmen and her long-lasting work: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/barrios/remembering-carmen-pab%C3%B3n-la-madrina-de-loisaida

Néstor David Pastor It was just this past October that the Carmen Pabón del Amanecer Jardín was inaugurated after seventeen years of delay. A ceremony was held at the East 7th and Avenue C location and the garden’s 94-year-old namesake was there help to cut the ribbon. Then, only a few weeks la...

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Here's an amazing story of bravery and heroism. Having visited the Tenement museum I can imagine the fear these folks must have had as they tried to escape the flames and smoke in the dark, cramped conditions of their tenement building.
Great article, Danielle Wetmore!
Do you all know about this very interesting National Trust property of workers' houses in Birmingham?
LOL one of your emails was in the spam folder of a Verge journo the day they filmed this video!
If you haven't been to this museum, It's amazing, and I wish I lived closer to NYC so I could go again, and often.
Thanks for buying our little chamber pot. That is such a silly thing to type. 😃
Hello to the kind folks at the Tenement Museum. My family and I did the sweatshop tour in February and loved it. The guide, whose name I didn't catch - a young person with short blond hair, I think they had initials in their first name - was fantastic. My 12 year old son Adam had to write a poem this week for his English class and was inspired by our visit to your museum. He wanted to illustrate disparities in wealth. Hope you like it. I walk upstairs in my tenement, enter my apartment and collapse on my bed. The hinges squeak as I close the rusty door. It's a pretty beat up room, but I don't mind, I've seen the ones in the basement. Lots of people have pushed for renovations, myself included. But the landlord says no. After all, he hasn’t seen the basement. But when I look out my window I can also see the skyscrapers I seem to always feel a pang of jealousy But I also wonder If they can see me At all
Mom and I went to the Tenement Museum (my 2nd time) where a young actress played a Ladino speaking Italian (a Spanish Yiddish dialect) living in a slum building in 1917. Boy was it fascinating! I had never heard of Ladino until Saturday. This is the best little Museum in NYC and many, many people agree. After Ellis Island, this is the next step in the long immigrant history.
I’ve visited the Tenement Museum this summer and found it fascinating. Almost, but not quite, as fascinating as the Coal Miners Museum in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. You are taken into a coal mine that extends out underneath the ocean. It’s cold and it’s dark and it’s wet, and you are hunched over trying to navigate to the next room and your guide is an 82-year-old former miner whose uncle was killed during a strike in the 1920s. When you go outside there are four buildings that were the original company store and three original homes that the miners and their families lived in. Pretty soon there won’t be any of these old guys left to do the tours and then I don’t know what will happen to the museum. But it’s a gem for anybody interested in the history of the working class and the growth of unionized. There are a million reasons to visit Cape Breton, but this one should be top of your list!
Interesting visit when you are in NYC.
“America”, originally was a reference used to describe the New World. We took a family trip to the Tenement Museum yesterday. Though missing a few family members, the day was splendid!!! We took the “Under One Roof” tour; a newer tour which displays living styles of three immigrant families: Puerto Rican, Chinese and Polish. These families immigrated to New York, settling in the lower East Side from 1951 up to 2014, independent of each other. Our tour guide, Jakob, gave us in depth insight to each resident family’s experience as shared by a family member who grew up there, and through their narrative, both visual and audio, it brought the ‘tourist’ back into that time to witness each family’s process of acclimation. We also were also taken to a room that was a small replica of a garment sweatshop where the Chinese family worked. That exhibit provided the tourist with narratives of the Wong family experiences as they settled in. The experience for me was heartwarming and learned, and brought me back to a time that I grew up in, but not necessarily personally experienced as a second generation immigrant. The tour was interactive thus I was able to relate to the struggles of these first generation immigrants as well as share personal anecdotal stories connecting to some of their experiences. Throughout the tour, and all through their immigrating experiences, the growth of their families and their personal struggles to successfully acclimate to this country, sadly, it was a painful recognition that time has stood still; relatively unchanged insofar as the perception and reaction to immigration is concerned. I don’t know where the citizens of this country think their roots emanated, because clearly, we are a nation of immigrants, unless of course, you are a Native American. Thanks Jakob for enriching our experience!!!
Oh, Tony.