Friday, July 31, 2009

Immigration History on an Interactive Map

Newcomers to New York, an interactive map on the Museum of Eldridge Street's website, offers background on some of Lower Manhattan's immigration-related landmarks. To name a few: Italians used Banca Stabile (now the Italian American Museum) on Grand Street to store money, buy steamship tickets, and get documents translated; the graves of over 20,000 slaves were counted in the African Burial Ground, a cemetery near City Hall Park that was discovered by construction workers in the 1990s; and local political activists and writers (including Isaac Bashevis Singer) frequented the Garden Cafeteria, an eatery on East Broadway that opened in 1911, closed about seven decades later, and is currently the Wing Shoon Seafood restaurant.

Banca Stabile, an Italian immigrant bank, in the early 1900s.

-posted by Liana Grey

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