The four major branches of my family arrived in New York City around the turn of the century, and most likely, many of them lived below Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. By the early 1910s, most of them had already emigrated to better neighborhoods up North- my Grandma Betty was born in the East 80s, and my Grandpa Ed was born in Washington Heights. By the 1930s my relatives had reached the Bronx. So by the time I moved to Orchard Street in January 2000, my family had been away from the Lower East Side for about 90 years. It's funny, then, how much I felt at home.