Tenement Museum’s Grand Reopening Block Party


When: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 12:00 – 4:00pm ET

Event Location: Orchard Street

Cost: Free

Join us on Orchard Street on June 12 from 12:00-4:00pm ET as we celebrate our grand reopening at our block party!

In March of 2020, like institutions all over the world, the Tenement Museum was forced to shut its doors. But now we’re back, with new building and walking tours available to continue telling our stories. Join us on June 12 from 12:00 to 4:00pm to celebrate the museum and the Lower East Side with our Grand Reopening Block Party! Enjoy tours, giveaways, activities, and more, as well as the launch of our newest walking tour, Reclaiming Black Spaces, an initiative two years in the making.


Juma Sultan

Juma Sultan is a jazz musician, most often recording as a percussionist or bass player. He performed at the Woodstock festival of 1969, playing with Jimi Hendrix. He is also one of the co-founders of Studio We, a community music-performance and rehearsal space built inside an abandoned building on the Lower East Side in 1968, a stop on our Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour. He currently plays in the African performance group Sankofa, the band Sons of Thunder, and with the Juma Sultan Band

Jia Sung

Jia Sung with Assembly for Chinatown will be doing a live mural painting. She is an artist and educator, born in Minnesota, bred in Singapore, now based in Brooklyn. Her paintings and artist books have been exhibited across North America, including the Knockdown Center, RISD Museum, Wave Hill, EFA Project Space, Lincoln Center, Yale University, and MOMA PS1. She was a 2018-2019 Smack Mellon Studio Artist and Van Lier Fellow, and is currently an adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design.

Soul Inscribed

Soul Inscribed is a hip hop and spoken word collective. The ensemble creates an eclectic new vision of jazz, dub, and afrobeat. Baba Israel (emcee/production) and Grace Galu (vocalist) will be performing, sponsored by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Chembo Corniel Trio

Chembo Corniel Trio is a latin jazz trio, comprised of Grammy-nominated Chembo Corniel on the tumbadoras, Gilbert “Pulpo” Colon, Jr. on piano, and Alex “Apollo” Ayala on bass. They are being sponsored by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Activities include:

  • North American Indigenous Center of New York
    1:00-2:15 pm – Dreamcatcher Making with Lakota Artist Talon Ksa
    3:00-4:00 pm – Native American Beadwork with Iakowi:he’ne’ Oakes
  • International Center of Photography
    Hands-on imagemaking activity exploring the block using basic photographic techniques
  • University Settlement
    Get Out the Vote table, with information and an activity to help New Yorkers understand Ranked Choice Voting – scan & vote for your favorite Asian noodle dish!
  • CW Pencil Enterprise
    Stop, write, decorate, and send Postcards from the Lower East Side
  • The NY Horticultural Society and Community Gardens
    Learn about public gardens, find out how to volunteer, and pick up seeds to start your own blooms
  • Think!Chinatown
    Learn about the exciting ways to experience Chinatown
  • The Museum at Eldridge Street
    Learn and connect with fun activities that inspire reflection on the diverse L.E.S. community
  • DeaRcards Eat Me Postcard Action
    Installation of postcards for the public containing both informative and edible resources
Restaurant and Business Giveaway Participants: 

Reclaiming Black Spaces Walking Tour

Launching June 12, our newest neighborhood walking tour, Reclaiming Black Spaces, will highlight stories of how Black and African Americans shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities there over the centuries. Get your tickets now!

See our other available building and walking tours!

Visit our Shop and Visitor Center!

Our renowned and beloved shop is now open every weekend, and is the perfect spot to pick up books, gifts, home goods, tote bags, and more!


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.