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 | Oct 30, 2014

A Walk Among the Tombstones… in the Historic Lower East Side

With Halloween rapidly approaching in 24 hours it only seems appropriate for us to write...

Blog Archive | Oct 28, 2014

They Walk Among Us: Vampire and Immigration in Victorian London

They’re here. Vampires are with us in our daily lives. The time when they seemed...

Blog Archive | Oct 23, 2014

Don’t You Forget About Me: Remembering Old Enough (1984)

Films of the LES is a monthly blog series where we examine feature films that either...

Blog Archive | Oct 21, 2014

A Blintz is Just a Blintz, as Time Goes By

Much of the wisdom passed down from my Dad’s family is only of the most practical...

Blog Archive | Oct 16, 2014

Hometown Traitors: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Spies on the Lower East Side

One of the last remaining players in the most notorious spy cases in United States history...

Blog Archive | Oct 14, 2014

A Tale of Two Tenements

Of course we are not the only Tenement on the block… and last month we brought you...

Blog Archive | Oct 9, 2014

Visitor(s) of the Month: Caraline Brown & Evelyn Frost

Meet Caraline Brown and Evelyn Frost, a dynamic duo hailing from the United Kingdom!...

Blog Archive | Oct 7, 2014

Fresh-Faced! Restoring the Storefront at 97 Orchard Street

Tenement lore has it that when the Tenement Museum’s founders, Ruth Abram and Anita...

Blog Archive | Oct 2, 2014

An Experience in Rwanda…

As we sat around the table in the art room surrounded by their paintings and drawings, I...


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.