The Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island signal what we all know: New York was created on the backs of immigrants who flocked here. Dive deeper into the history of the Lower East Side at this unique, memorable museum but forget reading dry descriptions on a museum wall: you can only visit this gem by scheduling a tour. The museum itself recreates apartments and businesses from earlier eras; for an even more immersive experience, chat with actors who bring to life the area’s previous residents. Rounding out the offerings is an enlightening walking tour investigating architecture, storefronts and, of course, food.
Previously an epicentre of immigrant culture, the Lower East Side has shed some of its gritty past and is now a prime place to go out, with plenty of bars, nightclubs and dining options.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum | 103 Orchard Street | +1 877 975 3786
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