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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Winnie Gu, 2020

A Model Minority or a Chinese Virus: Which is it?

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate Asian Americans’ contributions to culture and society. In the midst of pandemic when so many Asian Americans are facing discrimination, Tenement Museum Education Specialist, Lokki Chan, examines stereotypes and the contradictions between them.


A Small Town on Orchard Street

Check out the latest Postcard from the Lower East Side, dedicated to Orchard Grocer, a staple of Orchard Street that offers a twist on favorite NYC deli foods.


Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive | Sep 5, 2012

Collecting the Stories of Life on the LES

A lot has happened in the Lower East Side since 97 Orchard Street was closed to...

Blog Archive | Aug 30, 2012

New Season, New Ideas, New Tenement Talks!

What do Opium Wars and Supreme Court decisions have in common with Emily Dickinson’s...

Blog Archive | Aug 28, 2012

Summer Share: New York and New Jersey Meet on the Shore

Is this term "Benny" familiar to you? Does it make you roll your eyes and sigh heavily,...

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.