Archive for June, 2008

Chinatown

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Saki Knafo wrote a very interesting story in Sunday’s New York Times City section about life in east Chinatown, where the buses congregate, on Forsyth Street in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge.

Speaking out on civil liberties

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will participate in a Night of 1,000 Conversations at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 19. The panel discussion, co-sponsored by the New York Immigration Coalition, is part of a coast-to-coast conversation about actions by the Department of Homeland Security and the violation of due process rights in the United States; so far, meetings have been scheduled in 13 states. According to the museum, “Representatives from BREAKTHROUGH, The New York Immigration Coalition, and Sanctuary for Families gather to share stories of families whose lives have been changed by detention and deportation.” The event is free; to make a reservation, see the museum’s events page.

More on walking tours

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum has created a terrific resource: the Immigrant Heritage Trail website. You can search by immigrant group or neighborhood and get a Google map of related sites, with a page of information for each place. You can create customized tours, or just try to find a certain kind of building.

The site isn’t complete yet. Under the “search our resources” tab, if you’re looking for a place, it works well; if you’re looking for videos/films or music, you get a message saying “Resources related to your search are not yet available.” But it’s an exciting start.