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Paris - Citadines Tour Eiffel - Rooms with a View ...

(There are a TON of photos that go with this post with full explanations over at my travel blog: http://adventurethroughthelens.com/post/83049000641/paris-citadines-tour-eiffel-rooms-with-a )

I had the pleasure of staying at Citadines - Tour Eiffel for 3 nights during my visit to Paris. Located in the former village of Grenelle, Citadines - Tour Eiffel is in a prime location situated across from a major metro hub with tons of cafes, restaurants, and marketplaces all within walking distance. It is also quite close to the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, Invalides, and Champs des Mars. In fact, while staying there, I was able to easily take the metro across the street to Versailles (with a transfer) for the day which made things quite convenient.

The really cool thing about the hotel is that some of the rooms on the upper floors of the hotel feature really beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower.

However, what makes this hotel standout from many others is that it is known as an aparthotel or apartment hotel because it also functions as a place to stay for extended periods of time if you wish. People can stay for a few nights, a few weeks, a month, a few months, even a year if that is what they wish. This makes this a great place for families or individuals looking to relocate who may need a habitable living space centrally located in the city they are trying to relocate to. It also makes it a great place for people who are looking to try to live in a city to get a feel for the city while having the comforts of home.

An intriguing facet of staying at an aparthotel is that not only do you have the comforts that you would associate with an apartment such as a fully functional kitchen and living area but you get the amenities and benefits of hotel living as well. For example, Citadines aparthotels offer various cleaning arrangements for all guests as well as other perks that you would typically associate with staying in a hotel. Only you can enjoy these perks during your extended stay in any of the Citadines locations all over Europe and the Asia Pacific.

I had a great stay there during my time in Paris. I had the misfortune of getting quite sick with bronchitis while in Paris and the staff at Citadines Tour Eiffel were really wonderful when it came to getting me the medical help I needed and making my stay pleasant while I recovered. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a Monoprix right across the street. The Monoprix there had a huge grocery section which allowed me to buy reasonably priced groceries that I was able to store in the refrigerator. This was a great relief to my wallet since it let me save money on certain meals since I could use the kitchen in my room.

And of course, I loved the views. But that goes without saying, right? :)

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I posted a ton of the views including the views from the most in-demand suite at Citadines- Tour Eiffel which features a view of the Eiffel Tower right from the bed over at my travel blog. Check it out here:

http://adventurethroughthelens.com/post/83049000641/paris-citadines-tour-eiffel-rooms-with-a

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Tags: #paris #paristoday #travel #photography #france #hotel #citadines #sonyalpha #writing #travelwriting #travelphotography  
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Paris - Streets

(More Paris photos here: http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82848804786/paris-streets-its-these-city-streets

It’s these city streets,

the ones that press on

the backs of eyelids

at night,

persisting and passing

through the cobwebs

of memories

that are spun

like fairy floss

across dreamscapes

where every

passing stranger

tells tales

that skip beats

of a heart

hung on

every bit of

concrete, steel,

and paint.

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How people interact with their environment has always intrigued me. I have a tendency to view life as an elaborate film. Every cityscape, street, and landscape forms a backdrop in a scene that unfolds before my eyes. When I was a child, I used to tell people that every time I blinked another scene started. And in a lot of ways, this has carried over into my photography and writing. I craft elaborate narratives in split seconds of the people who are populating any given scene and moment.

Paris is probably one of the most intriguing cities when it comes to observing people against the city’s backdrop. The city itself is a complex set of characters. The days I spent there were mostly cloudy and ominous which was fascinating. I think there is a tendency to romanticize Paris as a city of sun in terms of kitschy Paris photos that seem to populate Pinterest full of lush blossoms and never-ending sunny days. But the reality (at least while I was there) was far more nuanced.

These are just a few photos I took while I walked around Paris of street scenes. Normally I take photos alone. Photography is a very solitary process for me and I tend to be “in my own head” most of the time. However, I was often with either Gael or Hugo from Rendezvous with Paris or (later in the week) also Katherine from Atout France. And, what was strange was that I really enjoyed it. It helped that everyone was a veritable fountain of interesting knowledge and that they all had a super passionate love for Paris. Typically when I shoot when other people are around it negatively influences my photography but it really wasn’t the case while I was in Paris which was awesome. In fact, it was nice to talk quite a bit about all sorts of things while shooting and the icing on the cake was that I learned so much.

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View this post with all relevant links (there are a few I haven't included here) and more photos here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82848804786/paris-streets-its-these-city-streets

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Tags: #paris #travel #paristoday #sonyalpha #france #streetphotography #parisphotos #travelphotography #poetry #writing #sonya7r #sonya99 #viviennegucwa
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Paris - Historic Places

I have been back from Paris for a few days now and I am still in the weird twilight phase of jet-lag where I feel like my mind is suspended between sleep and dreaming yet somehow acutely in tune with all of the experiences I had in Paris. Jet-lag seems to work well for me creatively. Who knew?

Over the last few days I have been preparing my Paris photography for the gallery event at the end of the month. I will be sharing my experiences and photography over the next few weeks. I hope you will enjoy my musings and views of Paris.

There is so much to write about and share. I stayed in some truly epic hotels with fascinating histories and views and I got to meet some really amazing people. The beauty of travel is that it is something that is enjoyed multiple times: the first time while living through the experiences, and on subsequent occasions when you are able to share your experiences and fill in the memories with color, light, and emotion.

For now though, here is a photo from one of the first few days I was in Paris. I actually wrote a little bit about this spot in one of my earlier posts while I was in Paris. I ate lunch there with Hugo from Rendezvous with Paris while talking about the history of the area. While the interior is fascinating on many levels, the exterior is quite beautiful.

The name of the restaurant is A Vieux Paris d’Arcole which was built in 1512 after the completion of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. It is located at 24 Rue Chanoinesse and it even contains some remnants from Notre Dame’s interior. The diocese sold it in the 1700s when it became a wine bar. As one of the oldest restaurants in Paris, it also enjoys an interesting tourist exception in that the Mayor of Paris allows the external floral decorations which adds to its beautiful medieval character.

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Please check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!:

https://www.facebook.com/franceguide

And I also must highly recommend Rendezvous With Paris. They offer passionate tours about specialized subjects as well as tours of different districts of Paris:

http://www.rendezvouswithparis.com/about

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View this post along with all relevant links (there are a ton!) over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82309931704/paris-a-vieux-paris-darcole-i-have-been

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Tags: #paris #paristoday #france #sonyalpha #sonya7r #travel #travelphotography #history #writing #viviennegucwa #viviennegucwaphotography  
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Paris - History and Beautiful Views - View all of the photos (there are more than one!) about this day at my blog including a restaurant dating back to the 1500s:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81325345068/paris-history-and-beautiful-views-today

Today was such a great day that as I got back to my hotel, I literally sat for a few minutes in total silence not even knowing where to begin in terms of posting about the day. I will go into way more detail when I get back to New York City but for now, here is a brief (very brief!) summary of some of the things I did and saw today.

1 - First off, I need to start with my current view which I am staring at as I write this post. This is the view from my current hotel, Citadines Tour Eiffel. I feel completely spoiled at this point. I keep thinking I am dreaming.

2 - I started the day at Galeries Lafayette where I met with the person in charge of the history of Galeries Lafayette. This is a view of the beautiful art nouveau ceiling in the store.

3 - The archivist then took me to see a few interesting historic details of the store and then we went up to the terrasse which had a stunning view of Paris. The terrasse is free! You can go up there any time you want to enjoy the view and take photos. Pretty cool!

4 - And then I got to go through photos from Galeries Lafayette archives from the 1940s. It was wonderful to be able to hold these important pieces of photographic history in my (gloved) hands.

5 - After that, I met up with Hugo from Rendezvous With Paris. After checking in at my new hotel, we made our way to the area around Notre Dame where we went out to lunch at one of the most awesome places (ever?). It’s the oldest restaurant in Paris dating back to the 1500s.

It is called A Vieux Paris d’Arcole and oddly enough we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. It was nice to enjoy some awesome conversation (I don’t often get to talk to people who share similar family histories in regards to World War II) and great food as I tried to pick my jaw up off of the floor every time I looked around.

6 - After a long lunch, Hugo took me upstairs where the rooms were in the style of the Napoleanic period. I want to write an entire novel or film about this place.

7 - Another upstairs room at A Vieux Paris d’Arcole.

8 - And then we walked quite a bit while he showed me around La Marais and other parts of Paris in the same proximity (that’s for another post). We ended up at Rue Crémieux many hours later. This was a street I really wanted to photograph prior to coming to Paris. So beautiful.

Tomorrow I spend all day at Versailles.


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All photos are here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81325345068/paris-history-and-beautiful-views-today

Tags: #Paris #ParisToday #travel #france #photography #history #travelphotography
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Paris,oh so beautiful!
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Paris - Sunset - Overlooking the Eiffel Tower

Paris is everything I expected and so much more.

It’s an overwhelming city in all the best ways.

On my first day in Paris, I was treated to a walk around The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood with a new Paris friend, Mikhail and his lovely friends. And then we then made our way to Montparnasse to take in this spectacular view from the top of Tour Montparnasse.

I am posting updates frequently to my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram while I am here in Paris (like an awesome video clip of the Eiffel Tower light show last night, for example!). Follow along if you are curious. Links are over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81171034926/paris-sunset-overlooking-the-eiffel-tower-and 



Not that I won’t post here but I will only be posting major photos here sporadically vs. everyday updates.



Tags: #travel #paris #france #paristoday #sonyalpha #a7r #sunset #cityscape #travelphotography #parisphotography #pariscityscape #eiffeltower #toureiffel  
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Paris - Île de la Cité 

(More Paris photos from this set here:http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82848804786/paris-streets-its-these-city-streets

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Île de la Cité is one of two natural islands in the Seine in Paris.  It is the oldest settlement in the city of Paris, set up around the 3rd century B.C. 

Read more and view more photos of Paris streets here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82848804786/paris-streets-its-these-city-streets

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This has a really wonderful modern nostalgic feel to it +Vivienne Gucwa. Must have been unreal walking through these narrow streets. I'm really really fond of the 4th shot in your set.
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Paris - The Medici Fountain- Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris is a heady rush: the feeling you get when the earth drops out from under you when eyes meet and lips turn upwards in unison.

There is a heaviness that is etched in its architecture, a solemnity of the inevitable without any consequence because history lingers like trailed off sentences in tones reserved for late night confessions.

Paris sweeps you off of your feet: a lover so tragically beautiful on the outside while teeming on the inside with fleeting nostalgia-laced promises of a distant, yet familiar infinite.

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This is the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It was built by Marie de’ Medici in the 1630s. Marie de’ Medici was the second wife of King Henry the IV of France and the mother of King Louis the XIII of France. She was embroiled in quite a bit of mistress drama with one of Henry’s mistresses, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d’Entragues, Marquise de Verneuil and ended up with a not-so-favorable view in the public eye due to various political intrigue.

This particular incarnation of the fountain came into being during the 1800s after it underwent a restoration after spending many years in disrepair. The statues in the center represent Polyphemus discovering the lovers Acis and Galatea which was a popular story represented in art throughout the centuries. It’s a tale of love and jealousy.

I came across this fountain on the last day I was in Paris. It took my breath away as so much did during my 9 day visit but I was already completely in love with Paris at that point. I fell hard within the first few days and it was a never-ending blush on the skin and butterflies in the stomach after that.

I had an interesting conversation on my Twitter earlier today about the differences between Paris and NYC when it comes to initial visual and emotional impact. One of my open-ended conclusions was: “NYC is harder to fall in love with at first sight. Paris sweeps off the feet. NYC woos.” And while I think I need to think about this some more on subsequent returns to Paris, there is some truth there.

Paris does sweep you off of your feet.

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View this post with all relevant links at my photography blog:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/82429440973/paris-the-medici-fountain-jardin-du-luxembourg

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Tags: #paris #paristoday #france #travel #sonyalpha #sonya7r #travelphotography #jardinduluxembourg #gardenofluxembourg #medicifountain #poetry #writing #prose
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+Nick Oman  - I really, really, really need to update that post. I can't believe how many people find it even now. So much has changed for me since then. So, so much. Thank you though for finding me via that post! And for reminding me that I need to make an update to it :).
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France - Vaux le Vicomte - View all of the photos (there are more than one!) about this day at my blog including a selfie with the awesome owner of Vaux le Vicomte in the chateau ;) :

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81721906060/france-vaux-le-vicomte-fountainebleau

This has been a life-altering trip (in a good way) on quite a few levels. So much has happened over the last 4 days that quite literally as I sat on the Metro earlier this evening, my head was swimming.

It’s almost impossible at this point to successfully summarize a few of the days succinctly especially since I am still fighting a rather serious bout of lung issues (due to the smog here in Paris, for which I am now on a slew of medication thanks to France’s excellent healthcare system). Just know that I am currently skipping that story as well as a truly epic day I had yesterday in Montmartre with Hugo and Gael from Rendezvous in Paris. The photos are almost painfully beautiful and we had a great time climbing to the top of Sacre Coeur (sometimes I think I hold onto the beautiful moments longer to savor them).

Instead, I am posting just a tiny slew of photos from the 12 hour day I spent today at Fountainebleu, Barbizon, and Vaux le Vicomte.

1 - This is Vaux le Vicomte. I grew up on a steady diet of history films which were some of my favorite daydream material and have influenced me in so many ways. Vaux le Vicomte has been used in around 70 films including Dangerous Liaisons (one of my favorite movies growing up), Marie Antoinette, Ridicule (another favorite), etc… Quite amazing to see it in person.

2 - …However, seeing it in person was greatly enhanced by getting a private tour by one of the current owners, Count Alexandre de Vogüé. Here we are after I politely suggested that we take a selfie in one of the mirrors at Vaux le Vicomte. :) From left to right: Severine Camblong, Count Alexandre de Vogüé, Me, Katherine Johnstone with Atout France.

In truth, he was absolutely wonderful and one of the friendliest people! He expressed that he liked my photography very much and had seen my photo-blog and was interested in my history which pretty much floored me. What do you say to that? He took us around the chateau and also took us for a ride through the expansive gardens. It was quite incredible. What an amazing experience. I had a great time talking to him about the chateau which has been in his family for quite some time now. I look forward to posting many of the photos I took there today and writing about my experience there when I get back to NYC.

3 - The day actually started at Fountainebleau, France’s largest palace that dates back to the 12th century. I had a fantastic tour of the chateau. This was one of my favorite spots, the Galerie de Diane. I will do a dedicated post about this palace, for sure.

4 - In between Fountainbleau and Vaux le Vicomte, we visited the town of Barbizon which was an art commune in the 1800s and hosted a group of pre-impressionist painters who were in love with the huge forest just outside of town. The town itself is absolutely gorgeous.



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All photos are here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81721906060/france-vaux-le-vicomte-fountainebleau



Tags: #Paris #ParisToday #travel #france #photography #history #castle #chateau #viviennegucwa #viviennegucwaphotography #travelphotography
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Paris - Houseboats on the Seine

Had an amazing time spending the whole day with Gael who is the co-founder of a cool company called Rendezvous With Paris. We walked the path that Charles De Gaulle walked on August 26, 1944, one day after Paris was liberated. So much history and Gael is a wealth of information about Paris since he grew up in La Marais and is super passionate about history and Paris.

This is a view of the Seine earlier today. Many of the boats are houseboats and there are even mail boxes along the Seine for the boat residents. New goal in life: live in a houseboat on the Seine. :)

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View this post with all relevant links over at my photoblog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/81272119826/paris-houseboats-on-the-seine-had-an

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New York City - Perry Street

Leaving for Paris in a few hours.

I don’t think it has totally sunk in yet. It probably won’t until I am sitting on the runway.


I figured what better farewell to NYC for the next 10 days than sharing a photograph of one of my favorite streets in the West Village: Perry Street.



These streets

hang on the

trailing ends

of thoughts

that rest

in between memory

and wishing:

heartbreak-paved,

tree-lined

arteries that twist

their way into

late-night recollections

of the best of times.



View this post with all relevant links over at my photography website:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/80987810774/new-york-city-west-village-street-these

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I don't know what I could possibly say that hasn't been said already regarding this beloved late-night East Village establishment. The fries are potato perfection: slightly crispy and golden on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside. Their wide array of sauces is unmatched and I am personally fond of the pesto, mango and wild mushroom sauces. Every time I am in Pommes Frites, a number of people are ordering the poutine which looks heavenly. The only negative I could possibly come up with regarding this spot is that the lines can get super long especially on the weekends. The East Village is home to many bars and fries seem to go well with a bit of inebriation making the wait a bit long at times.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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This is a really low-key, understated Thai food restaurant. Their curries are incredible and they have curries I haven't seen listed in many other places like pumpkin curry. The prices are reasonable relative to the neighborhood and the vibe here is a relaxing one. The staff is also very attentive and they offer free-wifi which is always a plus.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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Whoa! I found out about this place from Yelp. Living close to it, I have passed it quite a few times since reading about it but haven't had the time to try it out until this fine evening. Knowing that it frequently is full of NYC cabbies (and seeing this every time I pass it) looking to have a great meal added to it's appeal for sure. I just ordered a bowl of rice with 2 sides (I chose #4 and #7 sides today) and oh my.... this is *seriously* the best Indian food I have had in NYC, hands down. Not only that but everything is obscenely cheap! I cannot believe I just paid what I paid for this! Also, the rows and rows of Bollywood videos lining the walls are great to browse through while waiting for your tasty meal to be heated up. You would never, ever imagine such gastronomic delights existed within since it's a fairly tiny and definitely under-the-radar sort of place. Will be going back for more!
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Look, I think that anything I attempt to say about this place will never quite suffice because it's really *that* good. However, I will attempt to explain why I frequent this taco truck with wild abandon and why I have even told people on more than one occasion that their burrito is akin to a metaphorical food of the gods. This is authentic Mexican food at its finest. It's not laden with salt to make up for a lack of seasoning. It's not generic tex-mex. It's no frills, super tasty (they don't know the meaning of bland) and ultra fulfilling Mexican food done right. Let's talk about their burritos. For $7.50, you get a gargantuan burrito packed with cilantro, the tastiest rice of its kind around (if you opt for the vegetarian option which is *excellent*), your choice of meat, lettuce, queso fresco (fresh), onions, chopped tomatoes, guacamole and a nice tiny sprinkle of fresh grated cheese and sour cream. If you ask for it 'hot', they really pack a punch with the spice so unless you are ready to commit in that way, you may want to first try it without the super spicy stuff (which, by the way, brings the burrito to a whole other level of awesome if you love hot and spicy food). There was a 3 day period a few months ago when they weren't on their typical corner and I was in a serious panic. I can't imagine a world or the East Village without this beloved truck.
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This definitely ranks in my top 10 New York experiences now. Yes, it was that good. I attended the two hour tour called Getting By- Past and Present and not only was the tour guide extremely personable and knowledgeable but it's such an incredible way to live through history. During my tour, we went through two different tenement apartments, learned all about the families who lived there and got to look at census records, photographs and keepsakes of the former tenants. We also listened to a short oratory recollection of an inhabitant of one of the apartments. She spoke about what it was like to live there when she was a little girl and described in detail parts of the kitchen where we were standing which had been lovingly restored to be exactly as she had explained. It was chilling and heart warming. The guide took us through a non-restored apartment to show how things were when the museum initially found the space which was harrowing since there was so much decay and history before us even down to the writing on the walls indicating the amount of garments that had been stored in the room by tenants. Since it was the two hour tour, there was much spirited discussion and lots of questions and it was just one of those perfect New York experiences where people discussed their own family migration histories. We even all had some cookies and iced tea together at the end! I am considering becoming a member now. What a great, great place and space. Highly recommended for those visiting NYC looking to piece together their own histories by viewing the early experiences of these former tenement families and also native NYers looking to learn more about their city.
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This definitely ranks in my top 10 New York experiences now. Yes, it was that good. I attended the two hour tour called Getting By- Past and Present and not only was the tour guide extremely personable and knowledgeable but it's such an incredible way to live through history. During my tour, we went through two different tenement apartments, learned all about the families who lived there and got to look at census records, photographs and keepsakes of the former tenants. We also listened to a short oratory recollection of an inhabitant of one of the apartments. She spoke about what it was like to live there when she was a little girl and described in detail parts of the kitchen where we were standing which had been lovingly restored to be exactly as she had explained. It was chilling and heart warming. The guide took us through a non-restored apartment to show how things were when the museum initially found the space which was harrowing since there was so much decay and history before us even down to the writing on the walls indicating the amount of garments that had been stored in the room by tenants. Since it was the two hour tour, there was much spirited discussion and lots of questions and it was just one of those perfect New York experiences where people discussed their own family migration histories. We even all had some cookies and iced tea together at the end! I am considering becoming a member now. What a great, great place and space. Highly recommended for those visiting NYC looking to piece together their own histories by viewing the early experiences of these former tenement families and also native NYers looking to learn more about their city.
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