Apartment Tours

Under One Roof

1950s – 1980s

Under One Roof carries the immigration story into the present with the experiences of newcomers who settled on the Lower East Side after World War II. Visit the homes of Bella Epstein, whose parents built a new life on the Lower East Side after the Holocaust, Jose and Andy Velez, whose mother left Puerto Rico for garment work, and the Wong siblings, whose stories of their mother and other garment workers are highlighted in an interactive, recreated Chinatown garment shop.

We encourage visitors to reserve tickets in advance, as tickets regularly sell out. Space is limited to 15 visitors per time slot for Under One Roof. 

Ticket Price: Adults – $29, Seniors, Students, College – $24
Apartment Tours

Under One Roof

1950s – 1980s

Under One Roof carries the immigration story into the present with the experiences of newcomers who settled on the Lower East Side after World War II. Visit the homes of Bella Epstein, whose parents built a new life on the Lower East Side after the Holocaust, Jose and Andy Velez, whose mother left Puerto Rico for garment work, and the Wong siblings, whose stories of their mother and other garment workers are highlighted in an interactive, recreated Chinatown garment shop.

We encourage visitors to reserve tickets in advance, as tickets regularly sell out. Space is limited to 15 visitors per time slot for Under One Roof. 

Ticket Price: Adults – $29, Seniors, Students, College – $24
Tour type
Apartment Tours
Tour Location
103 Orchard Street, 3rd Floor
Tour Duration
1.5 Hours
Recommended ages
Ages 6 + Permitted
Wheelchair Accessible

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Changes in legislation after World War II opened migration from different parts of the world, enriching the American melting pot. As these national policies shifted, the immigrant communities of the Lower East Side evolved.

Jewish refugees like the Epsteins came to the Lower East Side in the late 1940s, attracted to the Jewish infrastructure, synagogues and shops. The Epstein family story brings to life the experience of refugees and asylum-seekers, and the role the Holocaust played in changing American immigration policy.

Ramonita Saez and her sons Andy and Jose Velez were part of a migration that brought close to half a million Puerto Ricans to New York City between 1940 and 1960. The Saez/Velez family story takes us through some of the country’s most challenging times, touching on the ways the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War affected the neighborhood.

The Hart-Celler Act of 1965 opened America’s doors to newcomers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Wongs were among the significant numbers of Asians entering the United States. Their story explores the erosion of national origins legislation, the rise of the largest Chinatown in the U.S., and the growth of New York City’s second largest immigrant community.

Learn more about the Epstein, Velez and Wong families by visiting the Stories of 103 Orchard Street.

Accessibility Information

  • This tour takes place on the third floor of 103 Orchard Street. There are 38 steps to enter and 39 steps to exit
  • This tour is accessible via elevator.
  • To reserve tickets for individuals who use wheelchairs, visitors must call in advance, 1-877-975-3786.
  • Seating will be available for most visitors during this tour.
  • Additional handling objects and braille materials are available if requested.
  • Audio components on this tour can be accessed via induction loop.
  • Assistive listening devices are available if requested.
  • The spaces you will visit on this tour are air conditioned.

 

For more information about accessibility at the Museum please visit the Accessibility at the Museum section.

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