"Lower East Side Tenement Museum" Lower East Side Tenement Museum Tip by King_Golo

Apparently this great immigration museum so far is only popular among New Yorkers themselves. When I went there, I was the only international tourist and one of only 3 people with a non-New York background! Don't ask me why that is like it is, but everybody who's not going there is missing a very interesting and very enlightening place. The museum is located on the Lower East Side, an area which was gateway to America for thousands of immigrants during the early years of the last century. Among the many immigrants was a Sicilian woman who lived in the very building that today houses the museum. Many years after her moving out, she came back to this part of New York only to see that her former home was about to be torn down to create space for newer buildings. She energetically hindered the construction workers to tear it down and eventually managed to keep it preserved. Later, the museum was installed in there, and many of its exhibited pieces are somehow intertwined with the life of this Sicilian woman and her family. Among those are audio comments of her in which she describes living in the Lower East Side in the 1930s. Apart from that, Lower East Side Tenement Museum is interesting due to its unchanged state of being. The inside of the building underwent several changes in the early years of the last century but afterwards remained unchanged. This lead to interesting reactions among the Americans who took the same tour than me... ;)
Well, to cut a long story short: If you are interested in the history of immigration to America, this museum (and its very good book and souvenir shop) are a must!

Located at 108, Orchard Street (Subway: Canal Street), Lower East Side

Phone: 1-212-431-0233
Website: http://www.tenement.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 17, 2008
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