The Westfield Area Y and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA are offering a fascinating joint trip on May 9th to the Tenement Museum in New York City.   A bus for the group is included and will leave from the Lord & Taylor parking lot in Westfield at 10:30am and return around 4:30 pm. 

Participants will get a  greater  understanding of what life was like for newly arrived immigrants by actually visiting the “residents” as they might have lived in the  later 1800’s -early 1900’s. 

Choose from one of two available tours:

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Victoria Confino: Visit the apartment of a Greek Sephardic family and meet Victoria Confino, a teenage immigrant played by a costumed interpreter who will show visitors what tenement life was like in 1916. This tour takes place on the first floor of the building. Tour is limited to 30 people.

Irish Outsiders: Experience the immigrant saga through Irish music. Visit the 1869 home of the Moores, Irish immigrants coping with the death of a child and explore issues of discrimination, healthcare and survival.  This tour takes place in a fourth floor apartment.  Tour is limited to 24 people.

To round out the visit to the Lower East Side of New York, lunch will be at the famous Katz’ Deli, before Tenement tours begin. Registration is going on now for this trip. Participants must sign up by March 31st.  You must be able to walk up and down stairs.

For more information, please contact Lynne Applebaum at the Westfield Area Y at (908) 233-2700 x239 or email lapplebaum@westfieldynj.org, or Donna Peart at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or email dpeart@fanwoodscotchplainsymca.org.