Tenement Apartment Tours

Under One Roof

Visit the homes of the Saez Velez and Wong families in the 1960s and 1970s. Hear the stories of two families that came to New York, seeking new lives and opportunities. Two mothers who took charge, advocating for themselves and their children in a new city and building up a community to support other families like theirs. One family of Puerto Rican migrants, another of Chinese immigrants, navigating their way through the many challenges that come with learning a new language and adjusting to a new way of life. Both families worked in the garment industry for decades, until September 11th brought the industry to a standstill. How did their differing backgrounds impact their experiences? How did they create an identity of their own? Through oral histories and videos, visitors will hear directly from family and community members to learn about their stories and explore these themes as they tour their recreated homes.

Please note: Masking is required on all indoor tours and in the Visitor Center. Children under 5 cannot attend building tours at this time. Instead, they can attend a neighborhood walking tour or visit us virtually.

Tenement Apartment Tours

Under One Roof

Visit the homes of the Saez Velez and Wong families in the 1960s and 1970s. Hear the stories of two families that came to New York, seeking new lives and opportunities. Two mothers who took charge, advocating for themselves and their children in a new city and building up a community to support other families like theirs. One family of Puerto Rican migrants, another of Chinese immigrants, navigating their way through the many challenges that come with learning a new language and adjusting to a new way of life. Both families worked in the garment industry for decades, until September 11th brought the industry to a standstill. How did their differing backgrounds impact their experiences? How did they create an identity of their own? Through oral histories and videos, visitors will hear directly from family and community members to learn about their stories and explore these themes as they tour their recreated homes.

Tour type
Tenement Apartment Tours
Tour Location
Tour begins at 103 Orchard Street
Tour Duration
60 minutes
Recommended ages
Ages 5 + Permitted

No tickets available.

We are not currently offering this program. Visit our tour calendar to explore our ongoing apartment tours and neighborhood walking tours!


You can host a private tour for a small group at a flat rate of $360 (Monday – Friday between 10 am – 5 pm) and $450 outside of business hours and on weekends and holidays. Members receive a 15% discount. Submit an inquiry.

Masking is required on all indoor tours and in the Visitor Center.

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