Monthly Archives: November 2013

A History of the Undocumented Immigrant

The modern immigration debate often seems all-consumed with the number of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S., and whether or not they should be allowed to stay. The concepts of documentation and immigration status are so prevalent that it’s … Read more…

Giving Thanks at the Tenement Museum

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is the week to celebrate large balloons on Fifth Avenue and overeating! Well, not exactly; the real spirit of the holiday is about taking time to spend with friends and family and remembering what we’re thankful … Read more…

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part Three of the Tenement Gift Guide

With Hannukah and Black Friday all in one week, I’m sure that you’ve got everything under control. You’ve already bought a perfect gift for everyone on your list. A gift that expresses your utmost love for the recipient. They will … Read more…

Keeping Kosher in 17th Century New York City

November 15th, 1660 was, by any means, a normal day in the small Dutch-controlled hamlet called Nieuw Amsterdam. People went about their business, shipping at the busy ports or farming in far-away villages like Haarlem or Breukelen. On this nondescript … Read more…

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part Two of the Tenement Gift Guide

Welcome back! Have you gotten all your shopping done after our Holiday Gift Guide, Pt. 1? Of course you haven’t! Here are a few more great gift ideas, perfect for dads, doormen, domestics, and all your darlings. These gifts range … Read more…

Hungry for History

We tell the stories of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans at the Tenement Museum, and part of any ordinary day in most New York apartments includes eating! Whether it’s cereal in front of the paper or a painstakingly prepared … Read more…

Honoring Our Veterans: John Schneider and Adolph Schmager

95 years ago yesterday, the Allied and Axis Powers signed a cease-fire ending the First World War. Armistice Day, or Veterans Day, is celebrated every year on its anniversary to honor and respect all of those who have fought in … Read more…

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part One of the Tenement Gift Guide

Uh oh, everyone. It’s that time again…. holiday shopping season! Are you buying gifts on a budget? Do you know a history lover, a die-hard New Yorker, or someone who seems to just have everything? We’ve got ideas–thirty of them, … Read more…

Home Cookin’ With Hinde

Every day at 97 Orchard Street, our educators stand in the tenement kitchens and explain how immigrant women managed their households, raised their children, cared for boarders and adapted their lives to a new city.¬†Given all the work that was … Read more…

Oswald Ottendorfer for Mayor!

  It’s election day in New York City, and here at the Tenement Museum, we’re endorsing our own candidate – Valintin Oswald Ottendorfer! In 1874, Ottendorfer, a German immigrant and resident of the Lower East Side ran for mayor of … Read more…