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 | Aug 9, 2017

Sharing a Journey on the Ave. of Immigrants

photo from Patch.com Peeking around the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is a lone...

Blog Archive | Jul 11, 2017

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York City

A young man tosses an apple in the air as he chats with a vendor. Pushcarts are piled...

Blog Archive | May 16, 2017

Painting Grand Street

Tenement Museum President Dr. Morris J. Vogel and artist Hedy Pagremanski, with Grand...

Blog Archive | May 9, 2017

Did You Know: LES Stories

Did you know that the Lower East Side is home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in...

Blog Archive | Apr 25, 2017

Shine ‘Em Up Sadie

When Josephine Baldizzi was a little girl, she and her family were evicted from 97...

Blog Archive | Apr 6, 2017

Beautiful Days in the Neighborhood

Federal-style row house, built over 180 years ago, on Allen St. Springtime in New York...

Blog Archive | Nov 15, 2016

Bowery Mission and Modern Hard Times

A few weeks ago I contacted the Bowery Mission in the hopes that a member of their staff...

Blog Archive | Oct 18, 2016

Life in 97 Orchard Street in 1908… Chicago Cubs Edition

As a die-hard Major League Baseball fan – as well as a former American History major...

Blog Archive | Jun 28, 2016

Make ‘Em Laugh

Fanny Brice at the Billy Rose Theatre, 1938. Photo from the New York Public Library...


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.