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Shine ‘Em Up Sadie

When Josephine Baldizzi was a little girl, she and her family were evicted from 97 Orchard St, along with the rest of the building’s tenants in 1935. Despite this, she had many fond memories of her time inside her family’s tiny … Read more…

Beautiful Days in the Neighborhood

Springtime in New York is the stuff of songs. Whether it’s the beautiful clear skies and blooming flowers, the welcome change from the gray and biting winter months, or both, Spring just makes you want to skip the train and … Read more…

Of Memory and Survival: The Jewish American Identity

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in “Under One Roof,” you can read Becoming “Nuyorican” and Look For the Union Label: Chinese Immigration in America In Bella Epstein’s home, her whole family – what was … Read more…

Meet the Staff: Jamie Salen, Marketing Manager

This month, we profile our Marketing Manager, Jamie Salen, for MEET THE TENEMENT STAFF. Jamie joined the museum in November after moving to New York from Florida and she has been wreaking havoc ever since. Jamie took the time to tell … Read more…

Charlie Scheidt: Immigrant Foods and Immigrant Values

The Tenement Museum stands as a monument to the notion that immigrants built America. Without immigrants, we would never have had Google, Santa Claus, . . . or grocery shelves where Asian dried noodles and sauces share space with Andean … Read more…

Practicing Facilitation

Originally posted on Medium, February 17, 2017. How we talk about things matters. We are living in a time of deep divisions, where silos and binaries seem to choke the nuance from our views and social media feeds. In the … Read more…

Becoming “Nuyorican”

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in “Under One Roof,” you can read Of Memory and Survival: The Jewish American Identity and Look For the Union Label: Chinese Immigration in America When I think about … Read more…

Immigrants Then, Immigrants Now: A Shared American Dream

Originally posted at The Huffington Post on February 12, 2017 The Tenement Museum’s mission calls on us to “enhance appreciation for the waves of immigration that have shaped and continue to shape America’s evolving national identity.” In the wake of an … Read more…

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

The little girls are adorable, standing on the sidewalk, smiling big, the chrome trim of last year’s model passing by. The mother is looking past the camera, leaning on the vintage television set, talking on the phone, hair done, dressed … Read more…

Truman’s Executive Order: December 1945

“This could be the mezuzah we put up because we never lived without a mezuzah to protect us. They always put up a mezuzah wherever they lived. Which was brave of my parents, considering that they were persecuted because they … Read more…