Our neighbors over at the Tenement Museum need your help to preserve their historic tenements at 97 Orchard street. They are competing against 40 other NYC historic places for a 3 million dollar grant from Partners in Preservation, you can call this the American Idol of New York preservations. More than 7,000 people from 20 nations made these tenements their homes between 1863 and 1935. The museum has done a fantastic job renovating these apartments to their original states and really do we need more NYU housing? If your passionate about preserving some of the last standing real New York historical places please take the time (just a few clicks really) to vote for the preservation of our lovely Tenement Museum. Click HERE to vote on Facebook!
The Tenement Museum also put together this great video all about some of the history you would be helping to preserve.
Also, one last thing if you haven't been on a tour yet I highly recommend the Meet Victoria one where a costumed interpreter plays a 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916. At the end of the tour there's a special treat, you can take your photo with Victoria in a modded vintage "Brownie" camera that converts the image to digital file. Below is the very lovely Elly Burke (Hey Elly!) in her Victoria Confino getup.