Louis Allmendinger, architect, Mathews Model Flats

Louis Allmendinger, architect, designed and developed housing  in 1908 and 1911, setting the standard for future tenement construction. The homes  are characterized by three-story tenement buildings featuring yellow and orange Kreischer-brick facades, stone details, pressed-metal cornices, and ironwork at the stoops and area-ways. They are prevalent in Long Island City, Ridgewood and Woodside Queens. The buildings, known as “Mathews Model Flats,”  (built by Gustave X. Matthews) at a cost of $8000 each. They constituted better-quality housing than previous tenement models, providing larger rooms and private bathrooms. The tenements attracted working-class German immigrants from nearby Bushwick, Williamsburg, and the Lower East… Read More

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Lower East Side Walking Tour

This former immigrant neighborhood is now a trendy shopping and nightlife district. See where old New York meets today’s city. The Lower East Side is a neighborhood that best embodies the history of immigration to New York.  Since the mid-19th century, Manhattan’s Lower East Side has welcomed people from all walks of life seeking their American dream. On this tour we will explore what life was like on the LES from the early days, to the tenements and finally to the gentrification taking place on the LES today. We will also have the chance to sample some of the local… Read More

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