In the Lower East Side is a wonderful Museum, unlike any other in the world. An actual tenement, used by some of the huge hordes of immigrants who came to New York in the 19th Century, bringing their culture and creating the great melting pot which laid the basis for the New York of today.
Today you can crowd into these tiny apartments still in their original condition and marvel that so many people could live on top of each other in dreadful conditions and yet work hard, prosper and make the American Dream real for themselves.
Now the Museum is developing another layer to their celebration of Lower East Side life at this time.
Originally at street level on the site of the Museum were a group of shops. Now the remnants of these have been preserved so visitors can get a sense of communal life and commercial life over 150 years in this part of New York. It is a ‘Shop Life Installation’ put on by the Museum’s curatorial staff.
Among the exhibits is the history of a German saloon from 1864 and the remnants of a kosher butcher store also previously on the site, 97 Orchard Street, home of the Tenement Museum.
New York has such a proud history of people making good. Go and see how the shopkeepers of yore catered to the needs of the immigrant community in the Lower East Side. LIKE New York history.