Step Back in Time: New York’s Lower East Side
The Lower East side was the traditional home to immigrants from every ethnic group who journeyed to America – from the Irish and Germans, to the Eastern European Jews and Italians, to the newer populations of Hispanics and Asians. Join us as we step back in time and explore how immigrants balanced work, family and their culture. We drop in on 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived at 97 Orchard Street in 1916, to hear about the immigrant experience in an intimate setting. We will tour her apartment, ask her questions about her life, and get a unique perspective on adjusting to life on the Lower East Side when it was the most densely populated place in the world. While half of our group visits with Victoria, the other half will take a guided walking tour that will help us see the Lower East Side through the eyes of an immigrant. We will see P.S. 42 where they learned to be “American,” the bank where they deposited (and lost) their life savings and the Daily Forward Building where Socialists fought for workers rights’. After walking to lunch at the famous Katz’s Deli (“Send a salami to your boy in the army” and “When Harry Met Sally”) the groups return to the Tenement Museum to take the other tour.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, guided tours, lunch, snacks and gratuities.
NOTE: There are nine steps to walk up to the apartment at the Tenement Museum.
503 – $140
7:45 a.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 7:45 a.m.
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