April 19: The Tenement

A five-story tenement building at 97 Orchard Street on New York’s Lower East Side was given National Historic Landmark status on this date in 1997. The building now houses the Tenement Museum, which notes at its website that between its construction in 1863 and being boarded up in 1935, some 7,000 tenants from some twenty […]

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January 2: Hot Baths

A bathhouse owned by Israel Cohen at 23 Hester Street in New York blew up from accumulated coal gases on this date in 1898, according to the New York World. The explosion “wrecked the first floor of the house, [and] blew the engineer of the baths, Henry Stephenson, who was responsible for the accident, ten […]

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Susan Reimer-Torn: Upper West Side #4

Shattered Glass by Susan Reimer-Torn On May 16th, 1902, a brick came flying through the window of Lustgarten’s kosher butcher shop on the Lower East Side. An irate Jewish housewife who lived down the teeming street sent those glass shards flying. She was one of thousands of women protesting the soaring cost of kosher meat. […]

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