Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
For example, my wife had relatives who immigrated into the city and lived as very poor people in the garment district. So, for us, the Lower East Side Tenament museum was fascinating. Some others might say, wtf would you go there?
I love the Lower East Side Tenament Museum. That was a real stop-gap place for me to take people when they visited. Really cool that you had kind of a connection to it too.
That's a neat little part of Manhattan to see -- weird mix of old squallor (especially when you've just left the museum and are feeling all immigranty) and new hipsterdom. Some great bars around there and good places to eat too. Schiller's Liquor Bar is a relatively new good foodie place; that's very close. There's also a restaurant near Max Fish called Grilled Cheese, which serves many types of Grilled Cheese and only many types of grilled cheese.
Apart from the Tenament Museum and maybe Schiller's, these are not things I'd recommend for a day trip...but it gives you and idea of the specificity of the things out there.