Walking Tour: Love and Courtship on the Lower East Side
Sun February 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST
How did people meet and mingle 100 years ago? Did they confess their love in letters? Go to a matchmaker? Meet at work on a factory floor?
As immigrants wrestled with new American ways and their old traditions, the Lower East Side was home to family-arranged marriages as well as young people mixing freely at dance halls and making their own matches.
Visit sites where love once blossomed, including the former site of a popular dance hall, Seward Park and Seward Park Library, as well as bustling streets, stoops, and shops. You’ll also hear accounts from 19th and early 20th century novels, newspapers and a Yiddish love-letter writing manual that draw a vivid portrait of turn-of-the-century wooing, love and marriage.
Museum at Eldridge Street Walking Tours are only available to small groups (20 people max). This tour is available to both individual ticket holders or families and includes admission to the Museum.