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 | Aug 23, 2017

Stitching the Seams Between Past & Present: A Conversation with a Modern NYC Garment Shop

Photo by Lafayette 148 New York It's impossible to talk about New York City's...

Blog Archive | May 3, 2017

Look For the Union Label: Chinese Immigration in America

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in Under...

Blog Archive | Apr 4, 2017

Of Memory and Survival: The Jewish American Identity

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in "Under...

Blog Archive | Mar 1, 2017

Becoming “Nuyorican”

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in "Under...

Blog Archive | Feb 7, 2017

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

The little girls are adorable, standing on the sidewalk, smiling big, the chrome trim of...

Blog Archive | Jan 4, 2017

History in Technicolor: the Continuing Story of American Immigration

103 Orchard Street, Wijnanda Deroo. The Tenement Museum is not an old dog. In the grand...

Blog Archive | Dec 20, 2016

The Tenement Museum Plays Its Hits 2016 Edition

It’s been a busy year at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and 2017 is shaping up...

Blog Archive | Dec 6, 2016

Indiana Jones and the CubeSmart of Bushwick

  It’s a cold, gray afternoon in early November when we headed to the Lower East...

Blog Archive | Oct 4, 2016

The Photos of Wijnanda Deroo: The Ruins of Orchard Street

103 Orchard Street interior, Deroo, 2016 If you’ve taken a tour at the Tenement Museum...

Blog Archive | Sep 7, 2016

Q & A With Annie Polland

Annie Polland, PhD, is the Vice President of Programs and Education at the Lower East Side...


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.