Monthly Archives: May 2014

May’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…

“Where Miss Sigel Met Her Slayer”

“A body which at 1:24 o’clock this morning was identified of that as Miss Elsie Sigel, daughter of Paul Sigel of 209 Wadsworth Avenue, Washington Heights, son of Gen. Franz Sigel of civil war fame, was found yesterday afternoon in … Read more…

Riot! Punk on the Lower East Side

Nights on the Lower East Side have always been a bit raucous – whether at a German beer saloon or a contemporary nightclub, this neighborhood has always known how to make some noise. It’s no surprise, then, that the noisiest … Read more…

21st-Century Bintel Brief

The Jewish Daily Forward, the most widely read newspaper in the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century, ran a famous advice column for many years; “A Bintel Brief”, or “A Bundle of Letters,” helped new immigrants … Read more…

If You Do the Crime, You’ve Got to Do the Time

In the 19th century, the Lower East Side could be a very dangrous neighborhood for those who didn’t know it well – thieves and gang members lurked around corners, ready to pounce on unsuspecting targets. And when these criminals were … Read more…

The Big Apple, and Tomato, and Squash

Today’s blog is written by Anna Poaster who is the Farm Manager at Hellgate Farm in Astoria, Queens and coordinates the garden-based nutrition education programming for the Children’s Aid Society. In her spare time, she is an avid composter. New … Read more…

Rudolph Valentino: The Italian “Latin Lover”

Next week’s Tenement Talk will focus on Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities, a new collection of essays that explores the contributions that Italians and Italian Americans have made to American culture, which are vast and varied. In … Read more…

Modern Parenting from 1878

We know that being a mother is the hardest job in the world – moms are nurses, therapists, chefs, friends, and style-gurus on top of everything else. The job is certainly not for the faint of heart and deserves a lot … Read more…

First Months Rent Free, But No Security

New Yorkers love talking real estate – this might be the only place on earth where it’s not only polite, but practically required to ask all your friends what they pay for their apartments. Every renter has their own idea … Read more…