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Thread #169078   Message #4119459
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
10-Sep-21 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
For a different sort of slice-of-life preseved housing, New York City's garment district (Orchard Street, of How the Other Half Lives by muckraker journalist Jacob Riis) had buildings put up mid-1800s that became the tenement apartments of many immigrant families who did piecework at home. As city rules changed after the turn of the last century about building safety and such, a couple of those buildings were simply closed up (they're usually six floors and a basement) and the ground floor alone used for retail rental space. They literally walked out and shut the doors on all of the contents. Read about the tenement time capsule and tours offered (I've been a couple of times).

I took my daughter to New York for the first time when she was 14, and we stayed with a friend in an apartment near Greenwich Village. I wanted to give her a little feel of not always being in my shadow, so I would send her down to the corner bakery for breakfast doughnuts or across the street for something at the grocery, but when we got to the tenement museum was the real test of my ability to parent - there were two tours and each had only one place left, so we split up for an hour and took our separate tours instead of waiting or not going at all. It's funny years later to realize just how much she took in - she has since returned with her fiance and they have visited a lot of the same favorite places where I took her more than 15 years ago. Anyway, when you look at the space they had (very little) and the essential household goods (few and very worn) it's an eye-opener to how much extra we all have these days.