Tenement Museum

The Lower Eastside Tenement Museum allowed me to experience the everyday hardships and difficulties that the people that lived there faced.Through the years of 1863 – 1935 the tenements housed thousands of people.Even though the conditions in the tenement were not very good, at many times the apartments were overcrowded.The tenement has been kept in rather fair condition and is now used as a guide to the early immigrant life.
The tenement is located in what is current day Chinatown but the area has undergone many different changes since its beginning.The Dutch West Indies Companyfirst settled this area in 1620.The company found the land to be a three hundred acre farm.About two hundred years later in 1865, the area was sold to builders.These builders were the creators of what is known today as the Tenement Museum.
Immigrants from all over began to make their way to the Lower Eastside to start their new lives.There were two major migrations through the late 19th century into the early 20th century.The well-known reasons for these migrations were the economic benefits and the religious freedom that the area possessed.Thefirst migration took place through 1850-1880's by a middle class German population.This is when the area received itsfirst name, when it was known as "Little Germany".The second migration, 1880-1920's, was by Eastern European Jews.Shortly after this period the tenements were closed down, never to be re-opened again.Through the years of 1863-1935 there had been over seven thousand people living in these tenements, from over twenty-five different countries worldwide.
The buildings held certain structures and guidelines.The buildings were to b twenty-five feet wide and one hundred feet deep.The zoning capacity of this area was eighteen hundred and eleven people.The tenements were five stories, consisting of twenty to twenty-tw


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