|Tenement at 87 Orchard Street, NYC, part of the Tenement Museum|
Tenement Museum was founded in 1988 by historian Ruth Abram and social activist Anita Jacobsen, who arranged to purchase a dilapidated tenement building that had not been lived in for more then 50 years, for the purpose of preserving its history. As they repaired and restored the building they discovered the stories of the many families that had lived in the building between the 1860s and 1930s. Most of them were immigrants. (Different apartments represent families in different periods of time. Furnishings represent the kind of things typical of that time.)
|Halls and stairways inside the tenements were unlit--tenants had to provide their own lighting|
|When 97 Orchard Street was purchased, it showed signs of extreme neglect.|
We then walked down the hall to another apartment that, beginning in 1908, was lived in by the Rogarshevky famiy. With six children, the Rogarshevskys squeezed into their tiny three-room apartment, the older boys sleeping on boxes in the living room. The patriarch, Abraham, earned a living as a garment presser in one of the neighborhood shops.
We were not allowed to take photos inside the apartments. (There are photos at the museum website.)
|Lillian Wald House at Henry Street Settlement. Lillian Wald lived and worked at 265 Henry Street improving the quality of life in the Lower East Side, throughout New York City and across the nation.|
We then stopped for lunch at a small bakery on Broome Street, around the corner from the Tenement Museum, where we sat on stools to eat our sandwiches and hot chicken soup. The night before we had gone to Katz’s, a famous NY deli, where we stood in line to get a giant corned beef sandwich.
|Our corned beef sandwich at Katz's Deli|