Earlier this week, most of the Foods of New York Tours staff took the Tenement Museum‘s newest tour: Shop Life. Tenements are an important facet of downtown Manhattan history — as those of you who have taken our Greenwich Village tour know — and the Tenement Museum has a handful of tours that feature different aspects of tenement life.
As a part of the on-going training of our tour guides, we took the Shop Life tour to learn more about the history and culture that shapes the city. The Lower East Side sits adjacent or very close to virtually every neighborhood in which we offer tours, so its history is particularly relevant for our guides.