February’s Visitor of the Month
February 27, 2014

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 Museum! It’s our Visitor of the Month. If you’d like to be one of our Visitors of the Month, just ask your friendly Tenement Museum Staff Member!

Jack Intrator is a “dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker” who grew up in Forest Hills, Queens and now lives in Manhattan. Jack has been coming to the Museum for years; his first visit was when the Visitor Center was still at 97 Orchard Street! He has since taken all of our tours multiple times – he loves hearing the different perspectives different educators bring to the same tour: “I love this place because it’s educational – you’re not tour guides; you’re educators.” He loves that we maintain awareness of what took place here, because so many Americans trace their roots through this neighborhood.

The clogged streets of the Lower East Side in the 1890's.

Jack enjoyed our newest walking tour, Storefront Stories, especially because he honed his negotiating and haggling skills here in the neckwear shops when he would come down on Sundays in the 1970’s.

Sunday shopping on the Lower East Side was a tradition for many New York families. Here, a woman gets a great bargain on some underwear.

He is also Greensward Guide for the Central Park Conservancy and shared with us some knowledge from Central Park that has particular relevance to our Irish Outsiders tour: the Central Park Dairy was constructed as a response to the swill milk crisis, so that the city could distribute fresh, safe milk to city children.

The Central Park Dairy, date unknown. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Thanks to Jack for his knowledge and dedication to the Tenement Museum!

 – Posted by Lib Tietjen