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The “Getting By” Tour
Posted: July 8th, 2009

Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants. They faced challenges many of us face today: making a new life, working for a better future and starting a family with limited means. Inside 97 Orchard, visitors take guided tours of apartments that recreate immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In this Sunday Arts segment, Curator Dave Favaloro offers a glimpse of what life was like on the Lower East Side for Rosa and Rodolfo Baldizzi and their two young children, John and Josephine. As part of the Museum’s “Getting By” tour, their struggle to survive the Great Depression is revealed through records, family artifacts, photos and recordings of Josephine Baldizzi’s oral history.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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