The New York Times

New York Times Features the Tenement Museum’s Black History Projects


Shortly after the Museum was forced to shutdown in the wake of the pandemic, the New York Times covered the difficult financial straits we found ourselves in, without the ability to host indoor tours. Now, right before our grand reopening, we find ourselves again the topic of a New York Times feature.

This time, it focuses on the future, our reopening, and the work we’ve put in to tell the stories of Black New Yorkers: the launch of our new walking and virtual tour, Reclaiming Black Spaces, and the development a new permanent exhibit on the lives of a Black family who lived in the neighborhood in the late 19th century.

4 Historic Portraits for Reclaiming Black Spaces Visual

Featured Tour
Reclaiming Black Spaces

From the story of Sebastiaen de Britto, one of the first Black residents of the area in the 1640s, to Studio We, a musician’s collective in the 1970s, we’ll look through windows into the past that expand the history of today’s Lower East Side.