The Lives of Immigrants
December 4, 2009
The Tenement Museum on Manhattan's Lower East Side is offering a full menu of tours this month offering a glimpse of what life was like in lower Manhattan before the nightspots and trendy boutiques.
Visitors can select from guided tours of six apartments, each of providing a picture of different facets of the immigrant experiences in New York. The latest addition, the Moore Family Tour, focuses on an Irish Catholic family, newly arrived in 1869, which must deal with the death of a child. The Piecing It Together Tour takes visitors to three different apartments, including the 1918 home of the Rogarshevsky family. In another tour, Victoria Confino, a teen-age immigrant played by a costumed interpreter, describes what tenement life was like in 1916.
For a different perspective, the museum offers "Immigrant Soles," a walking tour of the surround area designed to convey a sense of the streets of the Lower East Side 100 years ago.
Tours start and end at 108 Orchard Street and are conducted seven days a week from 10:230 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $20; seniors and students $15.
For more information -- or to buy tickets for a tour - go to Tenement Museum tours.