Monthly Archives: February 2014

February’s Visitor of the Month

Our visitors are what make the Tenement Museum the thriving and growing place that it is today. Since we appreciate our visitors very much, every month, we’ll give a shout out to a special visitor (or visitors) to the Tenement … Read more…

Sojourner Truth; Abolitionist, Suffragist, Lower East Sider

February is Black History Month! While we’re in favor of broadening our collective understanding of history to incorporate more people of color all year round, we’re also excited to celebrate one amazing African American woman who once made her home … Read more…

A Standing Ovation for The Jewish Rialto

These days, film and television shoots are a common occurrence on the Lower East Side (the Tenement Museum offices were given quite a makeover this fall to shoot The Knick), but the lights of Broadway have always felt like another … Read more…

A Presidential Celebration

Yesterday was Presidents’ Day here in the United States.  Over the years, this holiday has been a proud day for patriots, a great excuse for a mid-winter party, and a teachable moment for new immigrants. We’ve been officially celebrating Presidents’ … Read more…

A Tenement Museum Dating Guide

In this age of emails and texts, it can often seem that romance and manners have taken a backseat. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve perused Eleanore Bassett Clapp’s 1910 book Social Usage and Etiquette: A Book of Manners for Every-Day Use (the … Read more…

Staffers and Neighbors Part 3: David Eng

Staffers and Neighbors is a three part series about three Tenement Museum employees who have grown up on the Lower East Side. They each represent the stories that the Museum tells with our existing tours, and the stories that the … Read more…

Welcoming the Year of the Horse

Happy 4712, everyone! Friday, January 31st was Chinese (also known as Lunar) New Year, celebrated every year on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The New Year is celebrated around the world; in Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, and … Read more…

A New Chapter

For more than 25 years, the Tenement Museum has been telling the stories of 97 Orchard Street. And while 200,000 visitors a year can attest to its fascinating history, our beloved building does have one flaw: it closed in 1935, … Read more…