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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday was such a beautiful day in NYC people
were already sitting in the tent outside

On Sunday I strolled down to the Lower East Side, stopped at Teany for brunch and then headed over for a long overdue visit to the Tenement Museum. Being a NYer, I love hearing about and seeing the history of NY, what once was and how NY evolved into what it is today. I signed up for the sweatshop workers workshop and explored what living conditions were like at the turn of the 20th century.


A lot of the history of the NYC garment industry began on the lower east side with families manufacturing and selling clothing out of their 325 square foot apartments. A handful of sweatshops were packed into downtown NY including the building that housed the triangle shirtwaist factory fire (now owned by NYU).

The Garment Industry later moved to the west 30's where it flourished for many years. Part of it still remains there today (see here) but most of the manufacturing of our garments are outsourced due to cheap labor over-seas. The fight to save the garment center and for clothing to be manufactured in NY continue to be supported by designers Nanette Lepore and Anna Sui.