Notes from the Tenement

The Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. Follow our blog for stories past and present, behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, and more!

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30 Years of Tenement Museum Milestones

Look back at some of the milestones that have shaped the Tenement Museum’s first 30 years.

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive | May 29, 2014

May’s Visitor of the Month

Our visitors are what make the Tenement Museum the thriving and growing place that it is...

Blog Archive | May 27, 2014

“Where Miss Sigel Met Her Slayer”

“A body which at 1:24 o’clock this morning was identified of that as Miss Elsie Sigel,...

Blog Archive | May 22, 2014

Riot! Punk on the Lower East Side

Nights on the Lower East Side have always been a bit raucous - whether at a German beer...

Blog Archive | May 20, 2014

21st-Century Bintel Brief

The Jewish Daily Forward, the most widely read newspaper in the Lower East Side at the...

Blog Archive | May 15, 2014

If You Do the Crime, You’ve Got to Do the Time

In the 19th century, the Lower East Side could be a very dangrous neighborhood for those...

Blog Archive | May 13, 2014

The Big Apple, and Tomato, and Squash

Today's blog is written by Anna Poaster who is the Farm Manager at Hellgate Farm in...

Blog Archive | May 8, 2014

Rudolph Valentino: The Italian “Latin Lover”

Next week’s Tenement Talk will focus on Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the...

Blog Archive | May 1, 2014

First Months Rent Free, But No Security

New Yorkers love talking real estate – this might be the only place on earth where...


Meet some of the people whose stories are told through the Tenement Museum. A visually compelling experience, the book is culmination of over 30 years of dedicated stewardship of 2 Tenement buildings on Orchard Street through vivid photographs of the last two centuries.

Your Story, Our Story features objects that tell personal stories of American immigration and migration. The Tenement Museum invites people across the country to share these mementos and stories in our online digital storytelling exhibit.