For Dolkart, the experience of being raised in a tenement became a metaphor for the life that was afforded countless thousands of other immigrant children growing up in Lower Manhattan during the past century and more. This book is a lasting tribute to the legacy of immigrants and their children, who were part of the transformation of New York City and the fabric of everyday American urban life.
Publisher: Center for American Places,US
Number of pages: 151
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 229 x 172 x 14 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised, Updated ed.
"Biography of a Tenement House in New York City is a fascinating history, very well written and researched, and lavishly illustrated. The construction of the book as a biography enables Professor Dolkart to discuss the design of the building in relationship to the changing social fabric of the Lower East Side. The book also includes vivid descriptions of the people who built and lived in the building. The book should be a distinguished addition to the Center for American Places list." - Marta Gutman, The City College of New York "I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower,' writes Andrew S. Dolkart. Not to the famous ship, but to the 1907 apartment house on New York City's Lower East Side where his father was born to immigrant parents. In his new book, Biography of a Tenement House in New York City, Dolkart traces the architectural and social history of a nearby building, 97 Orchard St., home to a similar population. Now the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a Trust historic site, it housed some 7,000 people from 1863, when it was built, to its closing in 1935. Dolkart... tells how the five-story structure shaped the lives of these new Americans - and how both changed along with neighborhood and city. Especially illuminating are Dolkart's stories of tenant families and the city's housing reform movement." - Online Preservation"