Monthly Archives: December 2012

German Christmas

A few months ago we talked about how we have the German-American immigrants to thank for beer on Sundays (which Jets fans appreciate every week.) This month, we can also credit German immigrants with some beloved Christmas traditions. Many early … Read more…

A Tenement Treat

Gingerbread is a tasty tradition. For centuries, the festive holiday treat played important roles on holiday tables and in children’s stories. From the witch’s cottage in “Hansel and Gretel” to the Gingerbread Man who dared to run away, gingerbread fascinates … Read more…

Meat Hooked!

Butchery has a long history in New York City. Our “Shop Life” exhibit includes the story of the Austrian-Jewish Lustgarten family and their kosher butcher shop, located at 97 Orchard Street from around 1890 to 1902. In 1899, the Lustgartens’ … Read more…

A Baldizzi Christmas at 97 Orchard

Josephine Baldizzi, whose family history and personal artifacts gave shape to our Hard Times tour, had fond memories of Christmas at 97 Orchard Street.  Josephine and her family came to New York from Sicily and lived at 97 Orchard from … Read more…

Stories Behind a New Collection

Here at the Tenement Museum, we rely heavily on the stories of Lower East Siders and their descendants to piece together the history of 97 Orchard Street and the larger neighborhood. Independent artist Eva Silverman recently donated a collection of … Read more…

Gran Cocina Latina

In this city of intrepid foragers, Bergenline Avenue, on the Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, is among our great undiscovered food destinations.  The heart of a large pan-Latino population with roots that go back to the 1960’s, it’s also … Read more…

The Official Launch of “Shop Life”!

After ten months of painstaking construction, our Shop Life exhibit officially opens today! The exhibit takes a look at the businesses once located in our Tenement, using both re-created spaces and new technologies. Guided tours of Shop Life begin as … Read more…