The Mystique Of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York is one of the most well-loved historical spots in New York, and for good reason. It is both a museum and a national park, and has been a for non-New Yorkers to learn more about the history of the iconic city.

The area used to be home to over 7,000 residents from 20 countries from 1863 to 1935, and the building itself was a shelter for Jews who lived in cramped spaces.

Visitors and guests can join a number of tours, which take them back in time so they too might see and experience how people of the tenement lived back in the day. There are costumed actors posing as immigrants from the era.

It is quite easy to see why tourists have taken such a liking to the museum. It is both well-preserved and maintained. Even the food that is served in the museum has been made to look and taste like the meals prepared in the decades of immigrant residency.

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Guests can also visit the Jarmulowsky Bank, the bank wherein immigrants deposited and lost all their money.

The fully-interactive museum is as historically significant as any place you will ever see in the Big Apple, and a testament to the hardships and resiliency of the Jewish community in the 20th century.

Hi, I’m David Gordon Fried, and I’m based in New York. Planning events is my passion, as I enjoy meeting people from different walks of life and bringing to reality their dream celebration. When I want to unwind, I visit my city’s famed museums. For more on my work and interests, visit this page.


Tips For Hosting a Party In a Museum

They might not be the likeliest party venue for many, but museums have a charm on their own when it comes to unique and lively celebrations. Hosting an event in a museum, for one, banks on its cultural value and can generate added prestige and excitement. There isn’t much dressing up of the venue needed to be done, as most museums are already striking and boast of beautiful architecture and interiors. Now, here are some tips when hosting a party in this venue.

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Be certain that it’s the right fit

Museums are very flexible when it comes to the type of events they can host, but still, plan if they’re the best location for the type of occasion. Corporate and nonprofit parties are great to be held there since they have the usual business amenities such as WiFi, function rooms, and theater. For the rest, it depends on the social celebration – children who love dinosaurs and anything science would love to spend their birthday party there.

Watch out for the cost

It’s not cheap to hold events in a museum, as one is likely to be hit with a rental fee, added fees for security and maintenance, and other expenses that aren’t typically paid for in other venues.


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Observe house rules

Food and beverage, for instance, may not be allowed in the galleries containing art pieces and collections. If this is the case, arrange for “drop tables” at gallery entrances for guests to deposit their glasses before they enter. Check the time of exhibits during site inspection, too.

Find the right party organizer

Hire an events planner who as an experience working in this type of venue and is flexible enough to go through the quirky rules and contracts.

David Gordon Fried is an events planner who resides in New York and enjoys the city’s famed museums and local sights when unwinding or looking for inspiration for his work. More articles like this here.


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Organizing Parties: Diy Vs. Getting a Planner

Parties are always fun, and some people live for the planning of it. However, not all parties are created equal. Some parties are more stressful to plan than others. This is why some people also choose to hire organizers to do the planning for them.

Here are two guide questions to help you determine if you need help planning a party.

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What’s the size of the party and where are you holding it?

Parties at home are usually planned and organized by the host. Intimate guests can be invited via text message or email. Food can be ordered or cooked, or you could even suggest a potluck format. People can have fun as well as run the party, go out for beer runs, or even clean up the place when done at home. Home parties are easier to maintain with everyone still clinging on to the party spirit.

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Bigger parties though, held at events venues, may require a lot more time to prepare. Experienced organizers are the best route for this since they know how to keep all the bases covered. Also, experienced organizers have all the right connections to suppliers of food, drinks, entertain, etc., that you in all probability may not. And experienced party planners know where to get manpower for all the needs of a bigger party.

Hi, I’m David Gordon Fried, and I’m based in New York. Planning events is my passion, as I enjoy meeting people from different walks of life and bringing to reality their dream celebration. Learn more about me here.


Pretty as a picture: New York’s loveliest spots

New York is truly the greatest city in the world. It is a place where people from all over the world come together for all sorts of reasons. It is a place with a history that’s both glorious and tragic. It is a place with incomparable sights and sounds.

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Speaking of sights, let’s take a gander at some of the loveliest places in the Big Apple.

Empire State Building

Is any other building in New York more iconic than the Empire State Building? The observation deck of the Empire State Building allows a 360-degree view, which is outstanding, and for some, a bit overwhelming. This is probably the most popular building in all of New York, having been featured in movies throughout the years.

The Rock

A little less ominous than Alcatraz, NY’s rock is 30 Rockefeller Plaza. While the building itself is an architectural marvel, it’s the observation deck that deserves the applause. The sunsets from the deck are to die for.

Brooklyn Bridge

We had to include a bridge. And for our money, the Brooklyn Bridge is the bridge to visit if it’s your first time in New York. The walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan alone is enough to leave you awestruck. Plus, it’s an entirely different experience, walking through the bridge at different times of the day.

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Hello, there. My name’s David Gordon Fried, and I’m an event planner from New York. For more on my favorite city in the world, check out my blog.


Making The Most Of Your Trip To The Met

Located in the Big Apple’s “Museum Mile,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts of an impressive collection of artifacts and artwork from more than 5,000 years of human history and is one of the many things that should top any visitor’s to-visit list. Containing some of the most iconic works of art in the world, the Met’s sheer volume of exhibits can overwhelm the casual art lover.

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First, determine the day you’ll want to go. Weekdays are an excellent time to go viewing the museum to avoid crowds. If you really want to take it all in, it’s best to start early. If you want to linger for much longer, try braving the crowds on weekends; the museum is open until 9 P.M. on Friday and Saturday.

One of the ways to take in your Met museum experience is to determine what you’re after on your trip. Are you on the trip to see some of the most iconic artifacts and artwork in the museum or are you looking for an art piece that’s at once stunning yet underappreciated? Do you want to have a sweeping tour of the art history of humankind or did a specific period pique your interest?

For most tourists taking it all in, the best way to go about it is to start from the far end and work your way outwards. Essentially, this trip in time is one that’s going backward—you’ll be starting from the contemporary art exhibits—and is ideal for more pleasant exhibits when avoiding crowds.

Many parts of the museum are themselves underrated and hard to get to. There are several hidden rooms within the Chinese Art and American period rooms to watch out for.

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