Monthly Archives: December 2013

Traditions We Bake

Somehow, among the beloved sauerbraten (a German pot roast) and the latkes with meltingly soft home-made applesauce, the crackling roast duck, the braised red cabbage, and the jelly doughnuts that leave us licking jam from our fingers and wiping sugar from … Read more…

Christmas Window Shopping

It’s Christmas time in the City! Christmas season in New York City is filled with iconic images: the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, the department store windows decked out with tinsel and … Read more…

Stories Yun Told Me: The Professional

“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…

Spectacular Scraps!

While visitors peruse our bookshop at 103 Orchard, upstairs in our classrooms crafty kids can create something from nothing! Student visitors tap into their own ingenuity during a new activity called Creative Re-use. This program draws inspiration from the resourcefulness … Read more…

Lillian Wald and Giving All Year Round

December is a good time think of others and to open our hearts, pantries, and wallets in order to make the world a little bit brighter. If the stories we tell inspire you, we hope you’ll consider a gift to … Read more…

“Immigration is Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future”

Here’s a remarkable statistic: about 60 percent of New Yorkers are either immigrants or the children of immigrants.  As Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Fatima Shama has directed city initiatives to help these families acclimate to life in the U.S. As … Read more…

Shopping with the Kids

“What were the lights made out of?” “What does this barrel hold?” “Are those pretzels real?” Kids can be some of the most observant visitors we have at the Tenement Museum, and beginning this winter, they can now see the … Read more…

It’s Merenda Time!

One hundred years ago yesterday, the Confino family home at 97 Orchard Street would have been filled with the sounds of talking and laughter, the smell of delicious treats, and the warmth of family. It was more than a party, … Read more…

Creating Stories and Historians at the Tenement Museum

Every day at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, we give to the thriving, vibrant community that surrounds us through our educational programs. Every year, we teach over 40,000 school children from New York City and beyond that their experiences … Read more…

Hanukkah – As American As Epl Pie

Passengers riding the elevated train through the Lower East Side on a December night in the 1890’s would have seen hundreds of tiny candles illuminating the windows of tenement apartments inhabited by Eastern European Jews.  The United States was a … Read more…