Labor History Landmark: No. 2 Tenements on 6th or 7th Streets
The Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is a blog series on Jewesses with Attitude created in honor of Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Waist Factory fire. Learn more about the series here, or check out JWA's online walking tour.
The 2nd of the Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City are the Tenements on 6th or 7th Streets, off the Bowery.
The overcrowded, poorly lighted and ventilated tenements of the Lower East Side were once home to countless Jewish immigrants. In the late 19th century, many tenement apartments doubled as garment workshops. The industry began to move from the cramped setting of the tenement to large loft buildings in the early 1900s, but few safety innovations were introduced.
About the online walking tour:
Learn about the events surrounding the Triangle fire with an online tour or, if you are in Manhattan, print out these pages and go for an invigorating walk. You can use a "Google Maps Tour" to organize your tour according to the sequence of events, easiest walking, or "most complete" route. If you want to listen to an audio version of the tour on your computer or cell phone, sign up for a free Travelgoat account and download the Triangle walking tour.
How to cite this page
Berkenwald, Leah. "Labor History Landmark: No. 2 Tenements on 6th or 7th Streets." 17 March 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on September 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/labor-history-landmark-the-tenements-on-6th-and-7th>.