Recap: “Out Harvey Wang’s Window” at Tenement Museum Visitor’s Center

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 at 11:18 am by

Inaugurating their new space on Wednesday evening, the Tenement Museum Visitor’s Center hosted the grand opening of “Out Harvey Wang’s Window: Photos of the Lower East Side” (which we previously wrote up here).

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The freshly upgraded space at 103 Orchard, across the street from their previous location, was packed with guests including local favorite Mark Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters. (Over the years, we have noticed that Russ Federman gets to go to all the good parties in this town!) After asking him to pose next to his portrait, we wondered what he’s been up to since letting the kids take over the store. Turns out he’s been working on a book about the story of Russ & Daughters, which sounds like a must-read for anyone who has ever set foot on the Lower East Side…or knows their way around a whitefish salad.

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Also spotted was StoryCorps founder, radio journalist, and frequent Wang collaborator, David Isay, with whom we enjoyed discussing Bowery history. We also gleefully scored signatures from Wang and Isay on their books: Flophouse: Life on the Bowery, and Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, Eccentrics and Other American Heroes.

Wang gave a short speech thanking the diverse crowd of friends, past and present, happily declaring, “This is like a facebook mashup!”  Fitting, as the exhibit itself could also be seen as a mashup of sorts, chronicling the mix of late 20th century immigrants who set up home on the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

“Out Harvey Wang’s Window” is currently open at the Tenement Museum Visitor’s Center at 103 Orchard Street.

Writeup and photos by Lori Greenberg

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