Best Place to Escape the 21st Century New York 2005 - LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
108 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
History buffs hankering for a glimpse of working-class New York, circa 1900, probably already know Stephen Crane's sordid Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Betty Smith's aspirational classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. But nonreaders (heaven forfend) might prefer to step back in time through the doors of the LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM for an equally vivid glimpse of times gone by. Four apartments (ranging from the 1870s to the early 1930s) have been restored to period-correct claustrophobic gloom in this 1863 tenement. You'll never complain about your digs again.