In todayâ€™s show, weâ€™ll continue to explore housing in New York, but move far from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the tenements of the Lower East Side in the 20th Century. Specifically, weâ€™ll be visiting one building, 103 Orchard Street, which is today part of the Tenement Museum.
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When we step inside 103 Orchard, weâ€™ll be meeting three families who lived there after World War II. Weâ€™ll be getting to know them by walking through their apartments, faithfully reconstructed, often with their very own furniture, to tell their stories.
The three families are the Epsteins, the Saez-Velez family, and the Wong family. The Epsteins were Holocaust survivors who moved into the building in the 1950s, the Saez-Velez family moved in during the 60s and were led by a mother who left Puerto Rico and worked as a seamstress here, and the Wong family, whose mother raised the family while working in Chinatown garment shops, moved in during the 1970s.
Theyâ€™re included in an exciting new interactive exhibition at the Tenement Museum. This exhibit, which includes a tour of the apartments, is called â€œUnder One Roofâ€, and opens to the public this month. Weâ€™re led through it on our show by Annie Polland, the museumâ€™s curator of this exhibit.