FlexFriday trip to the Lower East Side Tenements

Our FlexSchoolers recently took a food tour of the Lower East Side tenements offered by the Tenement Museum.

What is a tenement? noun Also called tenement house. a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.

In the 19th century, as more people began moving to America’s cities, buildings that had been single-family dwellings began to be divided into multi-family housing to accommodate the burgeoning population of New York City. The Lower East Side tenements were largely populated by immigrant families fleeing countries such as Ireland and Germany in the early 1900s. Conditions of the tenements were dire and a cholera outbreak occurred in 1849, taking over 5,000 lives.

For more information on tours, please visit the Tenement Museum and for more information on the history of the Lower East Side, History.com offers videos and lessons.

FlexSchool would like to thank our guide, Elena, for an informative tour of the Lower East Side.

Tasting a variety of foods from the Lower East SideElena shows our FlexSchoolers how the building originally looked.20170217_121445

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