Step into the life of the Baldizzi family in 1933, when the Great Depression and sweeping barriers to immigration were impacting the Lower East Side and families like theirs. Through the memories of the family’s New York-born daughter, Josephine, you’ll explore how her Italian immigrant parents lived in their tenement home recreated inside our 103 Orchard Street tenement, and then travel out into the neighborhood to explore their community and how they were getting by during this national crisis. In this interactive tour, you’ll consider who the family could have turned to for support, how the neighborhood was changing because of the Depression, and how the family’s stories connect to today.
*This is a combination apartment/walking tour that begins at 103 Orchard Street.
As part of the 97 Orchard Street preservation project, the Gumpertz family apartment exhibit has been temporarily moved to our second historic tenement at 103 Orchard Street. Explore the fascinating story behind this 1888 tenement and its shared history with 97 Orchard in our newest digital exhibit, Brick by Brick: The Many Lives of 103 Orchard Street!