Tenement Kitchens from the NYC Tenement Museum

Tenement Kitchens from the NYC Tenement Museum

Regina Yunghans
Mar 22, 2010

Here's a look at five humble kitchens from the virtual tour of 97 Orchard Street — the old tenement building now housing New York City's Tenement Museum. Some things change, some things stay the same:

These tiny apartments are where thousands of immigrants got their start on a new life. These homes were filled with determination and hard work, but also poor living conditions and often illegal activity like rent-gouging and factories and sweat shops sprouting up in living rooms. Though tenements are now a thing of the past, we see some elements of these small kitchens that still live on in our small apartment kitchens today. What similarities and differences do you see between these Lower East Side tenement apartment kitchens and your present-day dwelling?

To learn more about the history of tenement apartment living in New York City, take the virtual tour of 97 Orchard, or visit in person.


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