Monthly Archives: February 2016

All the Right Notes: A History of Hazel Scott

In honor of Black History Month, we are paying tribute to Hazel Scott, one of the most talented pianists of the 20th century. An immigrant, born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Hazel moved with her mother and grandmother at … Read more…

Shop Around the Corner: A Tale of Rising Commercial Rents

One marker of New York’s changing neighborhood is the closure of the East Village haunt, St. Mark’s Bookshop…. Or is it? The end of St. Mark’s Bookshop is an easy harbinger of doomsday from a certain perspective: if an independent … Read more…

Love At The Tenement

We found love at 97 Orchard. Well, we found a love letter. “Nobody can keep us apart,” it reads and it’s signed, “Your own, only-est.” The museum discovered the pieces of the handwritten note in 1993. The letter, which instructs … Read more…

The Once and Future Penn Station: Part II

You may have seen the pictures of Penn Station before it went down. In fact, rushing through its windowless corridors,  you may have seen the posters mounted just below the low paneled ceiling of the old, grand station.  In a … Read more…

A Monument to Impermanence: The Death and Life of New York’s Penn Station

It  was lavish, grand, spectacular. It was marble and granite built in the classical style but it wasn’t a hotel and it wasn’t  a mansion. It was a train station and everyone was welcome. Every generation gets the Pennsylvania Station … Read more…

As Time Goes By: 1935 on the Lower East Side

In many ways, the year 1935 was the end of an era for a tenement building at 97 Orchard Street on New York City’s Lower East Side.  After almost a century of acting as a threshold to the New World, … Read more…