Vintage Summer Amusements: Ice Cream

Happy summer solstice everyone! Since today marks the beginning of the long, hot, sticky months on the Lower East Side, we at the Museum thought a little research about what life was like back in the turn-of-the-century summers would be appropriate. How did local residents beat the heat before air conditioned subways, ceiling fans, or […]

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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival ’11

I have heard many times that smell is the best sense at triggering memories. Sunday’s 11th annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival was filled with all types of sensory reminders of times and places that are uniquely brought together and represented on the Lower East Side, specifically on Eldridge Street. The clic-clac of the […]

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Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge

There’s been a lot of research done about the synagogue but I was curious about other buildings on the block. In this post, I “jailbreak” the history of address 22 Eldridge, just a few doors north of us. This lot is especially interesting because it held a county jail in the mid-19th century. The Eldridge Street jail […]

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A 200-Year Gift from a Mother

With Mother’s Day approaching, I find myself thinking about a mother I’ve never met.  I don’t even know her name, but her handiwork tells me that her son David was born on the 19th day of Cheshvan in the year 563. November 15, 1803, in other words.  Following his bris (religious circumcision) eight days later, […]

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Spring Cleaning

As someone who has Easter eggs and not chametz on her mind at this time of year, I was a little unnerved to write about Passover.  But through the Museum’s collection, and by talking with my colleagues there, I’ve learned so much I’d like to share.  Take this sign, for instance, which hangs in the […]

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Happy Passover

Passover is a time when our families get together to share and create stories and memories. Sharing stories and memories is an everyday occurrence at the Museum at Eldridge Street. It seems like everyone we meet has a family connection to the Lower East Side, which makes sense given how many people lived or passed […]

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A Taste of our Passover Nosh & Stroll

    We (Amy Milford and Hanna Griff-Sleven) did a test-run of our super-fabulous, wonderfully fun and absolutely delicious Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll. The real tour is scheduled for this Sunday, April 10 at 11 am (the 2pm time is already sold out) and we hope you’ll join us.  We had a great time and thought we’d […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Family Research

Gwyneth Paltrow had experts help her uncover her family history on the most recent episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are (filmed in part here at Eldridge Street), but you, too, can research your ancestors – all on your own. Here we re-post our “7 tips to genealogical research,” originally published in January of this year. These steps are very […]

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Researching a Building or Site

Are you curious about the history of your apartment or another building that has meaning for you? Here preservationist and Eldridge Street intern Chelsea Dowell shares steps on uncovering information about a residence, business or any building of interest drawing. As a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s Historic Preservation program, I’ve engaged in several projects centering on […]

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