Spying Real-life Eldridge in a 1950s Drawing

Spying Real-life Eldridge in a 1950s Drawing

A few months ago, way over in Germany, Friedrich Caesar was looking through old things stored in his basement. He came across a book of illustrations that he believes his father must have purchased while visiting New York City in the 1950s. Entitled New York, City on Many Waters the hardcover book (published in 1956) features illustrations […]

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A Very Lower East Side Gift Guide

A Very Lower East Side Gift Guide

Gift guides are everywhere this time of year. But we couldn’t resist mining the incredible Lower East Side to suggest some truly one-of-a-kind gifts. So we promise, there are no cufflinks in this list. These options have all the character, personality and versatility you’d expect from a neighborhood that’s been shifting, adapting, and growing for […]

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Papercutter Rachel Asarnow strives to make art with purpose, permanence

Papercutter Rachel Asarnow strives to make art with purpose, permanence

We’re revisiting this great interview, conducted by Jake Rosenberg in June 2019, in anticipation of Sunday, December 8th’s family art workshop Family Folk: Papercutting. In this interactive program, artist Rachel Asarnow will teach kids about the centuries-old Jewish folk art of papercutting. Then, using her intricate designs as inspiration, Asarnow will guides kids through creating their own […]

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Griff Family Recipes for a Sweet New Year

This post was adapted from a piece written by Hanna Griff-Sleven and last published in 2018. The Museum’s former Program Director, Hanna Griff-Sleven, not only cooked up many great programs (including our signature Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival!) but is a wonderful chef, too. In this post from 2011, she shares some delicious […]

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What makes a museum a museum?

What makes a museum a museum?

This post was researched and written by Haley Coopersmith. When you hear the word “museum” what comes to mind? Gilded reliquaries filled with the bones of biblical saints? Fiji mermaids, human skulls, and marble busts in glass cases? Or maybe rooms stuffed to the brim with a variety of taxidermy specimens and fossilized remains from […]

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On this day: bad press for “our down-town brethren”

On this day: bad press for “our down-town brethren”

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. As you may have read, last week on September 4th marked the anniversary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue opening its doors, but this week marks another related anniversary regarding press that followed that opening. On September 11th, 1887 the Reform-based publication The American Isrealite, published in […]

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