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If architecture is frozen music, as Goethe said it is, then it is a music enriched with the full resonance of its occupants' history. As a resident of a decaying building in Manhattan's historic Lower East Side, freelance journalist Katharine Greider became a dedicated researcher into the lives of those who had gone before. Not surprisingly, most of these earlier tenement dwellers were immigrants eking out hand-to-mouth existences as they strove to find a more secure hold in their home. In a sense, Greider was unknowingly writing the epitaph of her apartment building: Before long, she and its fellow residents were forced to vacate its crumbling domain. A memoir that opens a vista into our shared history.