Our FlexSchoolers recently took a food tour of the Lower East Side tenements offered by the Tenement Museum.
What is a tenement? noun .
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.
FlexSchool would like to thank our guide, Elena, for an informative tour of the Lower East Side.