Andrea F

Day 73: Tenement Museum

In Lower East Side, NYC, NYC Museums, things to do in NYC on August 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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One of the most interesting aspects of New York City is its great population. Put two and two together and then you’ve got the thousands of apartment buildings where this great population lives. Many of the buildings that still stand today date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, and walking through them, you can imagine what life might have been like back then. For an even clearer picture of those days, stop by the Tenement Museum located in the city’s Lower East Side, where visitors can choose from a half-dozen tours during which they’ll visit restored tenement apartments at 97 Orchard Street and hear the stories of the immigrant families that called the building home. Standing in a room that today equals only a fraction of a common living space, it’s impossible not to grasp the need for the better life that so many people came to America to find long ago. A man, his wife, five children and a business, run out of an apartment measuring a little over 300 square feet. Right. And we think we have it rough.

www.tenement.org

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