Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Upcoming trip to NYC - Chinatown and the LESTM

NYC - Chinatown: Manhattan Bridge Arch - Spirit of Commerce
Originally uploaded by wallyg.

I am looking forward to my trip to New York next weekend. Margot and Chris live in Brooklyn, and we are going to meet up earlier in the day to visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (LESTM). This is a really great social history museum that profiles the experiences of families that immigrated to the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. My goal for the afternoon is to learn some interesting facts and discuss strategies for teaching this immigration history so that it comes alive for the my Temple University students, many of whom are already from immigrant families.

I am already getting excited about the trip, and have been enjoying a virtual visit of the neigbhorhood. Wally G. has posted on Flickr a wonderful collection of photos taken from the mean streets of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. This photos, can be explored using Google Maps, allowing the user to map out their own itinerary. *Click* on the photo above, then *click* on the "map" link on the lower right in order to explore his collection in plan view!

Later that evening, we will all be attendng the reunion concert of the dB's and the Sneakers at the Bowery Ballroom. Sounds like fun, although I still haven't learned how to take satisfying concert pictures so you are just going to have to imagine the scene. Mike

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