Exclusive Behind the Scenes Articles

We hope you’ll enjoy this exclusive section of the website where you’ll find in-depth, behind the scenes articles previously available only our Museum members.

Our articles are written by our education and curatorial teams, and provide additional information, insights, and stories that don’t make it into our regular scheduled tours. You’ll get a chance to hear directly from our staff about the people, objects, and traditions that shaped the fabric of everyday life in New York City tenements. We’ll also take a closer look at the immigrant experience and the blending of cultures that often happened for newcomers to the US

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There’s No (Fire)Place Like Home

Learn about how Bridget Moore found comfort during despair in her transition from Irish to American life.

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Read the story of Bob Humber, whose roots as an activist in New York City stretch back nearly 50 years.

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Read Barney Cohen's fascinating and complicated story of highs and lows that were set in motion when he moved into 97 Orchard Street.

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The Summer of 1919: A Love Story

How two former 97 Orchard Street residents found love during a summer escape to a Catskills resort.

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Why 97 Orchard Street?

Find out how and why 97 Orchard Street became the site for the Tenement Museum.

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Mrs. Wong and her daughter Yat Ping

Follow Mrs. Wong's journey into the Chinatown garment industry and get a inside look at where fashion came from.

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When A Door is Not (Just) A Door

See how to the ordinary becomes the extraordinary in this in depth look at a tenement apartment door.

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History by Numbers

Get a closer look at the partially rusted metal numbers that once adorned 97 Orchard Street.

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97 Orchard Street Mezuzah

Take a closer look at a tenement apartment mezuzah and why it may have remained affixed for so long.

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An American Matriarch

Follow Fanny’s journey from new immigrant, to wife and mother, to respected and fearless “Janitress” of 97 Orchard Street.

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Fanny Rogarshevsky’s Tool Box

In March we featured former 97 Orchard Street resident, Fanny Rogarshevsky's tool box.

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In February we featured former 97 Orchard Street resident, Rosaria Baldizzi immigration story.

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Precision and Spirit: Fighting for a Place in America

Explore how military service was important in shaping the German-American identity through the story of John Schneider.

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A 1921 Wedding Gift

Take a closer look at a personal grooming set given to former 97 Orchard Street resident, Morris Rosenthal by his wife Evelyn.

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Durkee Curry Powder Can

In May we featured this early 20th century can of Durkee Curry Powder, discovered in 97 Orchard in 2008.

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