Last weekend I was an exhibitor at The Genealogy Event in Lower Manhattan. I needed a place to stay, and while searching for a hotel I ran across the Blue Moon Hotel in the Lower East Side. Built in an old tenement building and directly across the street from the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street, I knew this was the dream location for a genealogist (especially one whose ancestors were poor immigrants and surely stayed in a similar building)!
The Blue Moon Hotel is a perfect blend of the good sides of both worlds- my stay there was like stepping back 125 years but with all the modern amenities. My room probably housed a family of 12 in 1880, but was huge for just me! In the evenings I could open the window and sit on the wide sill and watch the bustle on Orchard Street, yet the new windows were sound-proof at night. Much of the old wood trim and tiles have been salvaged to decorate the hotel.
|The view from my window.|
The neighborhood is filled with little restaurants and shops. I was able to attend the Lower East Side Pickle Day, too, and sample all sorts of pickles including a pickle cupcake and a pickle ice cream sandwich!
For any historian or genealogist, or just someone looking for a unique hotel, I would recommend a stay at the Blue Moon Hotel. It is a little piece of history.