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 | Feb 23, 2016

All the Right Notes: A History of Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott poised, as always behind a piano. Photo courtesy of WQXR. In honor of...

Blog Archive | Feb 16, 2016

Shop Around the Corner: A Tale of Rising Commercial Rents

A photo collage of the East Village in the Early 1990s by Bill Barvin. An apt method of...

Blog Archive | Feb 9, 2016

Love At The Tenement

We found love at 97 Orchard. Well, we found a love letter. “Nobody can keep us apart,”...

Blog Archive | Feb 2, 2016

The Once and Future Penn Station: Part II

The bandaid that wasn't enough. This image shows the "clamshell" designed by architect...

Blog Archive | Feb 2, 2016

A Monument to Impermanence: The Death and Life of New York’s Penn Station

The graceful balustrades and soaring ceiling of the original Penn Station, designed by...

Blog Archive | Feb 2, 2016

As Time Goes By: 1935 on the Lower East Side

The evolution of New York Streets is thrown into stark relief in this image from 1935...


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.