Save Family Photos Partners with The Tenement Museum to Share Family Stories
“Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it.”
Together we’re sharing stories from 97 Orchard Street, the apartment building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.
Meet Rose Bonofiglio, former 97 Orchard resident, standing on the building’s rooftop. Rose and her younger sister Rita lived in the building as children. In fact, Rose’s sister Rita is the last surviving resident with a memory of the building, where she lived from the ages of 6 to 9.
Like the three other families on their floor, the Bonofiglios lived in cramped quarters, three rooms squeezed into 325 square feet. Rose and Rita shared a rollout bed.