We spent the last week of December in New York and our dear friends from the US (http://sarahgraceandcary.blogspot.com/) suggested that we visit the Tenement Museum. It was a great idea!
It's a museum like no other! We booked the Hard Times tour two days in advance. We got to see the inside of a tenement at 97 Orchard Street and how two different families lived there in two different decades. The tour was guided and our guide was really committed to what she was doing. It was almost like an interactive History class. She handed out pictures of the tenants and photocopies of official documents and she encouraged us to ask questions throughout the tour. The two apartments we saw have been completely restored to look like what they did back in the day; walking into them made us feel like we had traveled back in time!
Another good thing about this museum is that it's not so touristy, so you don't have to cut through hordes of backpacks, cameras and caps to take a closer look at a painting! Also, there is an amazing gift shop with all kinds of cute little things you can imagine (notebooks, jewelry, coffee mugs and so on)!
So, after the tour ended we started walking among the brownstones and we found ourselves in Greenwich Village, where a little bookstore caught our eye. We walked closer to the stand of books outside and we came across this book: (It was such a nice coincidence! I haven't read it yet but it seems really interesting!)
|97 ORCHARD-AN EDIBLE HISTORY OF FIVE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN ONE NEW YORK TENEMENT||by Jane Ziegelman|
All in all, it was a very educating morning and it overcompensated for the fact that we never got to visit Ellis island (it was closed when we tried -Christmas Eve-)!