Monthly Archives: September 2014

Questions for the Reporter: We ask Sam Roberts about 101 Objects

A pink “Spaldeen” ball, a bagel, a yellow checker cab… which objects do you think of when you try to distill New York in to 101 Objects? Inspired by a project done by the BBC and The British Museum that … Read more…

A Tenement Thrives in Glasgow

3,218 miles (or shall we say 5229.25 kilometers) away,  at 145 Buccleuch Street in Glasgow, Scotland, a tenement stands that is very similar to the one at 97 Orchard Street. The Tenement House is preserved and maintained by a government … Read more…

A New Leaf: Getting in Touch with a Fall Tradition

I’ve always preferred the fall holidays. Because I was raised “casually” Jewish, fall holidays meant that in addition to soccer parties, Halloween, my birthday, and Thanksgiving, my back-to-school blues were always somewhat sweetened by the punctuation of Rosh Hashanah, Yom … Read more…

Good Neighbors: Steve Yip of the Chinese-American Planning Council

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator, introduces us to the Lower East Side communities she works with every day:   Today Emily speaks with Steve Yip, from the Chinese-American Planning Council. Tell us a bit about the … Read more…

Good Neighbors: Katherine Chang of the University Settlement

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator, introduces us to the Lower East Side communities she works with every day:   Today Emily speaks with Katherine Chang, the Program Coordinator for University Settlement’s Project Home program. Tell us … Read more…

When Your Building is a Museum

At the Tenement Museum, we think a lot about two particular buildings, 97 Orchard Street and future exhibits at 103 Orchard Street, and its power to hold stories. However, it’s really our building’s ordinariness that makes us stand out as … Read more…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Sell them On the Lower East Side

A pushcart story The immigrants to the Lower East Side at the turn of the Twentieth century brought what skills they could to their new lives in New York but often lacked the opportunity to put these skills to use. … Read more…

Good Neighbors: Milvi Vehik of The Henry Street Settlement

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator, introduces us to the Lower East Side communities she works with every day:  Today Emily speaks with Milvi Vehik, the director of the Good Companions Senior Center for The … Read more…

Learning to Read Buildings

We dedicate a lot of time and energy to teaching students how to read books. I’d like to propose we also focus on learning to read buildings. Like books, buildings have stories and are subject to interpretation. Building materials and … Read more…