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 | Mar 29, 2016

Eat Up: A New Bookstore Cafe with Old World Roots

Kids these days… aren’t so bad after all?? Sometimes a story of immigrant success can...

Blog Archive | Mar 22, 2016

The Great Escapist: A Story of an Immigrant and a Showman

America has long been known as the land of opportunity. The country welcomed people...

Blog Archive | Mar 15, 2016

Five Stories and Counting: The History of 97 Orchard Street in Five Terms

You may ask yourself, okay – what is a Tenement anyway? So we’ve defined the...

Blog Archive | Mar 8, 2016

SURRENDER : Movie Theatres in the Lower East Side

I was 13 years old and I remember stopping at the old Kossar’s on Grand Street, buying...

Blog Archive | Mar 1, 2016

The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Images of the idealized Gibson Girl created by Charles Dana Gibson. This image was...

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...

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.