Tenement Museum’s Basement Beer Hall to Open in Fall

The Essex Street Market.

It was four years ago that we first told you the Tenement Museum was planning to re-create the saloon that Bavarian immigrant John Schneider ran from 1864 to 1886 at 97 Orchard Street. Gothamist now sits down with museum vice-president of education, Annie Polland, who says that the Shop Life exhibit will finally open in the fall. It’s uncertain whether there will be beer and food samples as originally planned, but starting June 24, the museum is conducting Lower East Side food tours that will stop at Loreley, Economy Candy, Essex Street Market, and Pickle Guys. Just be careful with those pickles: According to Polland, old-time nutritionists “actually said pickles made people excitable, and the Jews are already so excitable that they shouldn't eat anymore pickles.”

Tenement Museum's Annie Polland Talks History And Pickles [Gothamist]