Monthly Archives: August 2013

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust (Part 3)

The third installment in a series by Victoria Marin, an Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.  Victoria has been blogging about her discoveries as she explores her surprising and complicated personal history.  Part 3: My Mother’s Mother When … Read more…

Stories Yun Told Me: Not Even The Sky

“Stories Yun Told Me” is a series created by Tenement Museum Educators Jason Eisner and Ya Yun Teng exploring themes of language, interpretation, memory, and community through the adventurous eyes of Yun, a fictitious Chinese American immigrant born in the … Read more…

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust (Part 2)

The second installment in a series by Victoria Marin, one of the wonderful educators at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, as she discovers her surprising and complicated personal history.  Part Two: My Father’s Mother I’ve spent the last several … Read more…

Museums, Oral History and Social Change: Hearing Voices on the Lower East Side

This post was written by Ellen Brooks, the Education Intern for the Tenement Museum this summer. Among other things, Ellen helped to interview LES residents for the new walking tour “Storefront Stories,” launching soon!  Let me be one of the first … Read more…

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust

For the next few weeks, we’ll feature a series by Victoria Marin, one of the wonderful educators at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, as she discovers her surprising and complicated personal history.  Victoria’s biracial background has been the subject … Read more…

StoryKeep: Family Stories from Herring to Chutney

This post is brought to you by Jamie Yuenger and David Anderson of StoryKeep, a production company for families. Based in Brooklyn, StoryKeep produces oral histories, personal documentary films and other multi-media works. You can see other sample work on their website … Read more…

Laws that Make you a Little Blue

In the 1970’s, locals knew that the Lower East Side was the only place around that had shops open on Sundays. Why? Because of Blue Laws! Though New York City has since eliminated them, these laws restricting certain commercial activity … Read more…

New in 97 Orchard: Updating the Baldizzi Apartment

It’s fair to say that unless you live in one of those beautiful modern-architecture-all-glass-walled apartments or houses with a bigger-than-a-matchbox kitchen, your abode could stand a little updating (I know my apartment could really do with a fresh coat of … Read more…

Summer Camp: Bug Bites, Sunburns, and Yiddish!

During steamy Manhattan summers, many of us dream of escaping the scalding sidewalks and fragrant New York City garbage to landscapes void of skyscrapers. The residents of 97 Orchard Street also felt this way during the sweaty summer months in … Read more…