Thursday, November 27, 2014

NYC Life: Tenement Museum and Eldridge Street Museum

Among a lot of people my age, New York City makes headlines for being the "party capital" or the "shopping capital." As a social studies teacher, I am much more interested in it's "history capital" status! In preparation for our upcoming unit on immigration, I paid a visit to the Eldridge Street Museum and the Tenement Museum, located just blocks away from each other on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The Lower East Side has been Manhattan's melting pot for generations, the first stop for countless different waves of immigrants. Although usually associated with Eastern European Jewish immigration, the area is predominantly Chinese today. Mandarin/English signage was everywhere.