Monthly Archives: July 2014

Visitor of the Month: Wallpaper Memories

In July we had a visitor whose immigrant experience was so not far behind her. Pamela visited us from Princeton, New Jersey, by way of Germany where she now teaches English. She was traveling with her daughter to look at … Read more…

Summer Reading List

Last winter’s polar vortex has finally receded from memory and you’ve taken that old bathing suit for a spin here and there. It’s high season for summer reading and we’ve got a few titles to tote along on the August … Read more…

Factory Girls: Fashioning a New Identity

Real lovers of fashion have never doubted its importance. But you might ask where was the place for fashion in the tenements of the Lower East Side? Other than stitching and pinning the fashionable garments of the wealthy, were women … Read more…

Hearts and Minds: Italian Americans and their Italian Ties

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making a few special stops during his trip to Italy this summer. Some of these stops, such as meeting with Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, he probably did not make when … Read more…

Summer Escapism, Part Two: Coney Island Dreaming

Its summertime and you want to get away from it all? You aren’t the only one. We discussed how many young women working in factories read dime novels as a kind of getaway; but Lower East Siders did make some … Read more…

Seven Names for Eight Begechers

As we delve into research for our new exhibits at 103 Orchard Street, we’re learning more about the building’s past residents. If you explore our photo archive, you might come across these two former tenants: Ida and Lilly, Eastern European … Read more…

Factory Girls and Dime Novels

One of the families who lived at 97 Orchard Street were the Rogarshevky’s.  The two oldest Rogarshevksy daughters, Ida and Bessie, were 17 and 16 in 1910, the year the family moved to Orchard street. Unlike most American teenagers today, … Read more…

Whose Project?

  I live in a housing project. Recently a blogger blasted my project’s landlord for trying to pass off the project as luxury housing. Apparently a housing project is a low-class place to live, no matter how hard you try … Read more…

A Star-Studded Perfomance for the Fourth of July

Not that we’re biased, but the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is very much looking forward to having the Fourth of July fireworks back on the East River this year.   The magic of the Fourth of July fireworks brings … Read more…

Appetite for Knowledge

New York is truly the city that never sleeps – ride the subway at any time of day, 4 pm or 4 am, and you’ll see people coming and going from work or play, all bright eyed and bushy tailed … Read more…