Apartment Tours, Experiences

Victoria Confino

1916

Discover life as an immigrant in 1916 through the eyes of 14-year-old Victoria Confino. A costumed actor portraying Victoria provides a first-person perspective inside her apartment. Hear Victoria share experiences about immigrating to America from Greece, living at 97 Orchard Street with her parents and five brothers, and adjusting to life on the Lower East Side. A family-friendly tour, visitors can engage with Victoria, explore her home, and ask questions about her daily life and the journey of becoming American.

The Confino Family Story

The Confino family emigrated from Kastoria (present-day Greece) to New York in 1913. Abraham and Joseph arrived first and then a few months later, Victoria’s mother, Rachel made the long journey across the Atlantic with Victoria, David, Saul, and Jacob.

Life on the Lower East Side was very different from the Confino’s hometown of Kastoria. As Jews with ancestry in Spain, Victoria and her family may have felt out of place among the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish community on the Lower East Side. Not only were their traditions different but so too was the language they spoke. Kastoria’s beautiful mountainous landscape turned into the crowded and dirty streets of New York City. Accustomed to living in a spacious and comfortable home, Victoria and her family had to adjust to tenement housing in a narrow and cramped apartment.

Made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Apartment Tours, Experiences

Victoria Confino

1916

Discover life as an immigrant in 1916 through the eyes of 14-year-old Victoria Confino. A costumed actor portraying Victoria provides a first-person perspective inside her apartment. Hear Victoria share experiences about immigrating to America from Greece, living at 97 Orchard Street with her parents and five brothers, and adjusting to life on the Lower East Side. A family-friendly tour, visitors can engage with Victoria, explore her home, and ask questions about her daily life and the journey of becoming American.

The Confino Family Story

The Confino family emigrated from Kastoria (present-day Greece) to New York in 1913. Abraham and Joseph arrived first and then a few months later, Victoria’s mother, Rachel made the long journey across the Atlantic with Victoria, David, Saul, and Jacob.

Life on the Lower East Side was very different from the Confino’s hometown of Kastoria. As Jews with ancestry in Spain, Victoria and her family may have felt out of place among the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish community on the Lower East Side. Not only were their traditions different but so too was the language they spoke. Kastoria’s beautiful mountainous landscape turned into the crowded and dirty streets of New York City. Accustomed to living in a spacious and comfortable home, Victoria and her family had to adjust to tenement housing in a narrow and cramped apartment.

Made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Tour type
Apartment Tours, Experiences
Tour Location
97 Orchard Street, 1st Floor
Tour Duration
1 Hour
Recommended ages
Ages 0 + Permitted
Not recommended for visitors with mobility issues

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Accessibility Information

  • This tour takes place on the first floor of 97 Orchard Street. There are 9 steps to enter and 7 steps to exit. See building diagram.
  • Seating will be available for most visitors during the tour.
  • We recommend this tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
  • Assistive listening devices are available if requested.
  • The spaces visited on this tour are air conditioned.

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