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97 orchard street

April 26, 2010

Do you have a favorite city? One that makes you feel inspired and energetic and overwhelmed and happy all the same?

I have a thing for cities in general, but one of my favorites always has been new york. I’m glad Tim has come to love it, too, because that means more trips! For his birthday celebration, I planned for us to take a day trip up to NYC, primarily to visit the Museum of Modern Art – we have never been for whatever reason, and he has been wanting to go for quite awhile.

So we spent the first half of the day at MoMA, which was great as expected, and then took naps out in Central Park on the rocks for a bit. We couldn’t resist – it was perfect napping weather. That evening we ventured to the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side before dinner. How fun was this museum??

The Tenement is a building at 97 Orchard Street with restored homes and garment shops that belonged to German Jewish and Italian immigrant families who came to New York City during the great immigration wave. The museum founders researched and traced the lineage of immigrant families who lived there and restored the homes to look as they did back in the day.

There homes are tiny, but you could tell the families took such great care towards decorating and making it a cozy place to live. We couldn’t take photos, but here are some from the Tenement Museum flickr page:

The next time you’re in the city, you must check it out.

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