The Tenement Museum’s staff members are interesting folks with diverse backgrounds. Our “Five Questions” series introduces readers to a few of these dedicated staffers working behind the scenes. This week we talk to Marc Burch, Manager of Admissions.
What brought you to the Tenement Museum?
Some friends who worked here told me about the museum and opportunities here.
What is your personal connection to immigration?
I’m a life-long migrant, having lived in Germany, the Philippines, Maryland, Texas and Kansas before finally settling in Brooklyn (cobble Hill) and finding work in the LES–two neighborhoods I feel at home in.
What is your favorite shop or restaurant on the Lower East Side?
Punjabi Grocery & Deli, 141 E. 1st #3. I eat there a couple of times a week. I really enjoy going there for a quick bite and for the experience of hearing interesting music and observing the camaraderie of the cabbies that frequent this 24 hour joint as they park their vehicles and come in for a taste of home before heading back out to the streets. NYC is full of places like this and I like to find them. I recommend the yoghurt curry and the mutter paneer.
What makes someone a New Yorker?
I think it takes acceptance, tolerance and a sense of adventure to be a New Yorker, because as Woody Guthrie says, “I think New York is the very worst And best old town in the universe.” However: Being a New Yorker isn’t an exclusive club. Anyone can join. I’ve been a member for 12 years.
Of all the families whose stories we tell here, which family would you most want to spend a day with and why?
I would like to spend the day at John and Caroline Schneider’s saloon especially during the opening prep for the day, during a busy lunch rush , right after work (happy hour?) and closing time. This would be a great way to see the operations of the saloon and towatch the interesting patrons who frequent the place.
— Posted by Emily Mitzner