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?
APARTMENTS OF TENEMENTS' PAST FROM APARTMENT THERAPY: