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Ode to a Plastic Covered Couch

Coney Island has its Cyclone, the American Museum of Natural History its dinosaurs, MoMA its Picassos. At the Tenement Museum, what elicits thrills these days is the 1960s plastic-covered sofa and armchair in our recreation of Ramonita Rivera Saez’s parlor. … Read more…

7 Protests That Shook Lower Manhattan

New Yorkers have always known one idea to be true: there’s strength in numbers. The history of this city is peppered with revolutions that reflect the issues of the neighborhood and the people populating them. The protests of Lower Manhattan … Read more…

Our American Holiday: Refugees and the Meaning of Hanukkah

What is the American holiday tradition? It might not be what you think it is. Or rather, it’s everything you think it is: if you live in this country and are celebrating this holiday season, your customs, celebrations, and beliefs … Read more…

Our American Holiday: Saint Nicholas Day

What is the American holiday tradition? It might not be what you think it is. Or rather, it’s everything you think it is: if you live in this country and are celebrating this holiday season, your customs, celebrations, and beliefs … Read more…

THE TENEMENT MUSEUM HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017

The Tenement Museum has a wide array of books, housewares, gifts, knick-knacks, and memorabilia to make your holiday season one for the history books! Everyone likes getting gifts, but is there anything better than being known among your friends and … Read more…

The Gunfight at Rivington Street

On a warm Tuesday night in 1903, the Levine family was most likely settling in for a much-needed night’s rest. If you’ve taken our “Sweatshop Workers” tour, you’ll know that Harris Levine ran a sweatshop out of his tiny apartment at 97 Orchard Street. His wife, Jenny, spent her … Read more…

An Updated History of the Undocumented Immigrant

Immigration is very much on everyone’s mind this week with the announcement of the Trump Administration’s decision to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order. It’s a decision that puts the future of 800,000 immigrants in … Read more…

Stitching the Seams Between Past & Present: A Conversation with a Modern NYC Garment Shop

It’s impossible to talk about New York City’s Chinatown and the Lower East Side in the middle of the 20th century without talking about the garment industry. So when the Tenement Museum knew we would be telling the story of Chinese immigration in … Read more…

Sharing a Journey on the Ave. of Immigrants

Peeking around the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is a lone figure. Standing seven-stories high, it has no gender, no age, no race or religion, and so it encompasses them all. The only thing one can tell by looking at it … Read more…

Joys and Sorrows: Lewis Hine at Ellis Island

Lewis Hine was a social photographer, whose work literally changed the world. His most famous work captured, with great risk to his own safety, the invisible child laborers who worked difficult and dangerous jobs at the turn of the century. The newness … Read more…