Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Single Most Important Day of the Year – National Lasagna Day!

We’re a little confused as to why National Lasagna Day is in the hottest part of the summer, but that’s no reason to ever turn down a big piece of cheesy, meaty, pasta-y goodness! Lasagna, the near-euphoria inducing, oven baked … Read more…

Ludlow Street Today: An Interview with Matt, Former LES Resident

In the early 20th century, Ludlow Street was the most densely populated street in the world. While this fact is astonishing and important to keep in mind when one recalls the history of the Lower East Side, we must also … Read more…

A Weekend Trip with Colonial Architecture and Canons

When you think of a weekend getaway to a beach, how often do you associate it with a historical site? My guess is not too often, but if you were to visit Sandy Hook National Park you would be amazed … Read more…

Fun With Linoleum (No, Really!)

Recently, we’ve done some conservation work that required us to pry up floorboards in Apartment 7 at 97 Orchard Street. But before we could open the floor up, we had to remove the floor covering–an 80 or 90-something year old … Read more…

On This Day: 1863, The New York City Draft Riots

On this day in 1863, Lower East Side residents would have been very uneasy. The smoke and noises in the streets would have just begun to recede. 150 years ago today brought an end to what had become the biggest … Read more…

A Tenement So Hot, It’s Got to Have Shades

As you may have guessed, and as our summer visitors may have experienced, the temperature inside 97 Orchard can climb very high during the summer months. We monitor this using “HOBO” data loggers, small battery powered devices that are placed … Read more…

Batter Up! Baseball on the Lower East Side

Summer is upon us, and it’s time for beaches, beer, boardwalks and baseball. New York City has a long history with America’s summer pastime, dating back almost 200 years! The 1858 Brooklyn Eckfords (precursors to the Dodgers) played at Union Grounds, … Read more…

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the Tenement Museum! Tomorrow marks the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (well, technically July 2nd did, but who’s counting?). As an idea and as a place, the United States has meant … Read more…

On This Day: 1878, The First Elevated Trains Run in NYC

Did anyone take the subway today? If you did, chances are good that the train went underground for at least part of your commute. But underground subways are a relatively new mode of transportation in New York City; the first … Read more…

Celebrate National Parks Month With Birds, Boats, Beaches and Lady Liberty!

It’s National Parks and Recreation Month! Dense forests, majestic mountains, and one canyon that is definitely grand: all can be found in America’s National Parks. And while New York City is the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, you … Read more…