It may not seem like a likely place for a top New York City attraction. With the cool bars and hip boutique clothes stores now overtaking the Lower East Side, it’s easy to forget this neighborhood was crammed with ramshackle tenement houses where recent immigrants (mostly from Central and Eastern Europe) lived in squalid conditions. This intriguing better-than-you-expect museum is an excellent primer on neighborhood’s past, as well as an excellent general history of immigration in New York City, reminding us all that we all come from somewhere else. Rooms have been recreated to resemble a typical Lower East Side tenement building and staff operates as beacons of knowledge on the subject matter.
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- Open Hours: Friday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 08:30 PM
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- Nearest Train: Essex Street