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.

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Food History | Jun 30, 2015

The All-American Hot Dog? A Group Effort

  Foreign food with Dick and Jane? These children enjoy hot dogs at the 1939 NY...

Blog Archive | Jun 23, 2015

Outdoor Voices: The Long History of the Essex Street Market

This year the Essex Street Market is celebrating its 75th anniversary.  75 years is a...

Blog Archive | Jun 15, 2015

The King of Pastrami: Looking Back at Katz’s Deli

One of the most iconic businesses in the Lower East Side is Katz’s Deli located, at...

Blog Archive | Jun 8, 2015

Walter Matthau: Remembering A Lower East Side Legend

Walter Matthau Over the years, there have been many actors from the Lower East Side...

Blog Archive | Jun 2, 2015

caribBEING in June

Visitors and fans of the Tenement Museum know that, up until now, we have been committed...


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.