Tenement Museum Visitor’s Center at 103 Orchard Revealed

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

103 Orchard Street is finally seeing the light of day after a long and formative slumber.  Friday afternoon, three years of gut renovations and remodeling reached the penultimate stage of completion with the removal of the tattered plywood fence (and the Shepard Fairey “Rebel Waltz”).  What a relief! Its long bothersome presence had blocked the entire sidewalk, and seized control of half the cobbled Orchard roadway.

As we’ve chronicled these last few years, 103 Orchard Street is the new home for the $6 million Tenement Museum visitor’s center, officially named the Sadie Samuelson Levy Immigrant Heritage Center.  This new facility affords the organization a much larger gift shop (3,000 square-feet), a second-floor education center including three “modern classrooms” and demo kitchen, more bathrooms, and an orientation theater for tourists.

With the unobstructed glass now in direct sight, we finally have our first sneak peek of the new digs without hard hats.  A space that “invites the world into what had been a dead corner.” It’s still rough around the edges, but employees working in the current gift shop across the way at 108 Orchard informed us that the move will transpire at the end of this month, or early next.  This belated opening is roughly a month after initial projections.

Before all the renovation, 103 Orchard Street was once home to ladies wear joint Klein’s of Monticello.  The old time shop closed in 2005 after decades in business.  Below is a photo of the melting pot mural that later graced the roll-down security gate.

Recent Stories

275South-rendering
L+M Development Shows Off Renderings for Lands End I Facelift on South Street

Take a look. This is the glitzy new facelift awaiting the Land’s End I housing complex at 275 South Street, down on the Lower East Side waterfront. It’s an update that comes just a year after changing hands. L+M Development Partners picked up the nineteen-story property last February for an undisclosed sum, with the plan to “make […]

les-burglary-suspects
Stolen Property from LES Restaurant Burglaries Last Week Revealed; Suspects Still Sought

Last week, we were first to report that a number of restaurants on Broome Street were burglarized in an early-morning heist. Turns out the same suspects were behind more than just the handful of businesses near the corner of Ludlow Street. A total of six establishments in Chinatown/Lower East Side were hit in April, but […]

242broome-gallery
Essex Crossing Site 1 Condos Pimped with Orchard Street ‘Design Gallery’

​With foundation work underway and the start of superstructure activity at Site 1 near, the time is apparently ripe to begin pimping the condo component of Essex Crossing. This fourteen-story building represents the only condos up for grabs in phase one of the overall project. To get the word out, Delancey Street Associates (the consortium of […]

262bowery-gallery
SoHo’s Westwood Gallery Flocks to 262 Bowery

The Bowery just added another gallery to its growing ranks. Bolstered by the presence of several showrooms and the International Center of Photography, the area is ripe for the picking. Next in line is SoHo’s Westwood Gallery. The twenty-one-year-old Westwood Gallery is poised to move into 262 Bowery. Build-out has been underway for a few […]

orchard-social-shah
Michael Shah Plans ‘Orchard Street Social’ Co-Working Space and Bar for Beckenstein’s Building

Stanton Street Social, meet Orchard Street Social.​ Controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the iconic “Beckenstein Building” at 130 Orchard Street last August for $28 million. The luxury rental property was quickly repositioned as “The Beckenstein,” and teamed up with Samy Mahfar’s Real New York brokerage for leasing. And now Shah is planning nightlife on the 5,000 […]