'My name is Jess, and I'm going to be your educator today!' says Jess, cheerful as a day-camp counselor despite the blistering heat on the sidewalk outside the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street. I'm standing in a small group with Jess because the Tenement Museum isn't one of those places where you can just wander around by yourself—you have to take a guided tour. So I reluctantly sign up for "The Moores: An Irish Family in America," the latest of the museum's offerings, which promises that you'll "experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family." Compulsory tours usually make me as sour as a Gus's pickle (still in business up the street at 85 Orchard), but since I love historic homes—those cunning kitchen appliances! The vintage clothes in the armoires!—I... More >>>
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