On This Day in 1887: Eldridge Street Synagogue opens its doors!

Today is a huge anniversary for the Museum and our landmark synagogue – on September 4th, 1887 the Eldridge Street Synagogue officially opened to the public. Remarkably, construction in the incredibly ornate building had begun only ten months earlier. And on September 4th, 1887, the … Read more

Where You Live in New York May Say a Lot About Your Jewish Heritage

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. It’s no secret that New York is one of the Jewish capitals of the world. The city alone is home to 1.1 million Jews, making it the largest Jewish community outside of Israel. It boasts … Read more

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. On July 12, 37 years ago, the world lost a Lower East Sider whose chutzpah changed life for many immigrants of her time. Clara Lemlich, although not a household name today, was one of the  … Read more

A Turning Point on the Lower East Side: The Immigration Act of 1924

This post was written by Dina Posner, an intern at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Dina is a recent graduate of the Masters degree program in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute. Though immigration is a continuously contested topic in the United States and around the world, … Read more

Once Home to Soldiers, Immigrants, and a Beluga Whale: The Remarkable Story of Battery Park’s Castle Clinton