97 Orchard Street

Tenement Museum Relaunches Walking Tours, but Indoor Programs Still on Hold

Posted September 2, 2020 at 5:04 am

While larger museums and cultural institutions around the city are reopening after a pandemic-induced sidelining, here on the Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum will remain dark. No indoor programming at 97 Orchard Street for the foreseeable future. Historically appropriate, in a sense. Tenements were harbingers of disease throughout the generations due to overcrowding small […]

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Tenement Museum Faces ‘Extraordinary Crisis’ Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 27, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Tenement Museum is struggling to stay afloat, as the COVID-19 shutdown eliminated foot traffic and steady funding. Since closing to the public on March 14, the Lower East Side museum laid off 13 full-time employees (out of 66) – mostly from marketing, visitor services, and gift shop – and told another 40 not to […]

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The Tenement Museum was Featured in a Louis C.K. SNL Sketch this Weekend [VIDEO]

Posted April 10, 2017 at 5:10 am

The Lower East Side featured prominently on Saturday Night Live this weekend, as the Tenement Museum was setting for an immigrant-related sketch. We watch as a class tour visits the museum, where Kate McKinnon and Louis C.K. reenact a (fictional) Polish family that once lived here in 1913. It devolves into a comical session of […]

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Tenement Museum Begins its 10K Square-Foot Expansion into 103 Orchard Street

Posted July 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Since last week, a team of workers has been constructing a mess of scaffolding around 103 Orchard Street. This property, of course, is owned by the Tenement Museum, and houses the Sadie Samuelson Levy Visitors Center on the ground level. But now the Lower East Side institution is expanding its footprint. This is not a […]

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Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

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The Tenement Museum is Crowdfunding to Help Preserve 97 Orchard Street

Posted April 24, 2015 at 5:18 am

Apparently the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is in desperate need of care. The institution is deteriorating from the inside out, and requires a boatload of cash to keep the facility in workable shape. So, the museum is currently in crowdfund mode, soliciting funding to help preserve its prized mid-block building at 97 Orchard Street. […]

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Why there Were Ponies on Orchard Street Yesterday [PHOTOS]

Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

If you happened upon the southern intersection of Orchard and Delancey Streets yesterday, you may have noticed a pair of ponies hanging out near the Tenement Museum visitors center. These mini horses were not props for a film shoot of The Knick (or other period piece) nor were they the newest NYPD equestrian patrol unit […]

The Tenement Museum Now Has a White Facade

Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

The Tenement Museum is amidst a facade facelift. White primer was brushed onto the wood exterior late last week, preparation for an inevitable paint job. The museum tells us that it’ll be “back looking like its circa 1915 self in a week or so.” Enjoy the white while it lasts.

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US House of Representatives Approves Amendment to Include 103 Orchard in ‘Tenement Museum Bill’

Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

The federal government is just a few votes away from recognizing the recent expansion of the Tenement Museum. You’ll recall, of course, that the local history hub purchased 103 Orchard Street a couple years ago, and opened a state-of-the-art learning facility and gift shop there in 2011. Last spring, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced an […]

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Haunted History: Spirits of the Tenement Museum

Posted October 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

Haunted history is one of the most intriguing topics I’ve come across. In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, the tradition is to “dress up” or masquerade. Though, in actuality, we are really expected to disguise ourselves, not just wear skimpy costumes. This disguise is meant as protection from the spirits and devils that can only […]

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