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No Gold? No Dinosaurs? No Long Forgotten Tomb?
No Gold? No Dinosaurs? No Long-Forgotten Tombs?
Instead, our backyard archaeological dig found 97 Orchard Street's original toilet: an outdoor privy with multiple seats. Rather than a privy pit, this backyard outhouse had an underground 'vault' that drained into the public sewer under Orchard Street. It could be flushed occasionally with rainwater, or perhaps with water from a nearby spigot.
Although exceeding City requirements at first, this shared privy remained the only sanitation for the building's twenty apartments from 1864 to 1905, when two toilets were installed in the hallway of each floor. Joan H. Geismar, Ph.D., urban archaeologist
Between 1864 and 1935, 97 Orchard Street housed nearly 7,000 people, mainly immigrants and their descendants, and it has been home to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum since 1988.
You're always walking in somebody's footsteps. Who will walk in yours?
Erected by City Lore and The Municipal Art Society.
Location. 40° 43.116′ N, 73° 59.425′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Allen Street, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 97 Orchard Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Orchard Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Kehila Kedosha Janina (within shouting distance of this marker); B’nai B’rith (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); M’Finda Kalunga Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Faerman’s Cash Registers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hi-Tech (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Brown's Body On The Bowery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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