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Tenement Museum

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

The romance of low-rent survival in a pestilence-infested 19th century New York City tenement is brought to life in the Tenement Museum. It's a real tenement, shuttered for 50 years, slowly being restored and reopened apartment-by-apartment. Each tells the story of a different immigrant family that actually lived in it, stressing a rainbow of ethnicities and range of time periods. Kind of like a modern-day reality show, except all the contestants are dead.

The museum does a good job of recreating the tenement's oppressive physical space and lack of amenities, although it would help recapture the moment if you can tour on a sweltering summer day and imagine the smell of overflowing cesspools wafting through the windows.

Tenement Museum

97 Orchard St., New York, NY
Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, on Orchard St. between Broome and Delancey Sts.
Daily, times vary. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $25.
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