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Slumming it in New York City In The 1800’s

May 30, 2014 | 2 Comments » | Topics: History, Vintage

Bandit’s Roost (1888), by Jacob Riis, from “How the Other Half Lives.” Bandit’s Roost, at 59½ Mulberry Street (Mulberry Bend), was the most crime-ridden, dangerous part of all New York City.

Mulberry Bend (ca. 1888), photo by Jacob Riis. “Five Points (and Mulberry Street), at one time was a neighborhood for the middle class. But when they had water problems because of an underground spring, the area was abandoned to the poor. It was the first American slum. In 1880 there were 37,000 tenements housing nearly 1.1 million people. Most were one or two room apartments.  There was no running water and the bedrooms often had no windows at all.  The buildings were so close together people could hand things across the alley, window to window. Mulberry Bend was one of the worst stretch of slums and in 1896 it was demolished to be turned into Columbus Park. Chinatown and Little Italy encroached, as did federal buildings to the south.” via

Mullen’s Alley (February 12, 1888), photo by Jacob Riis. “There were thousands of homeless children on the streets (of NYC), often abandoned by their parents… and in the summer months 3-4 babies would suffocate in the airless tenements every night.” via

ca. 1880-1890, Manhattan’s Lower East Side — Photo by Jacob Riis. “More than 100,000 immigrants lived in rear apartments (behind other buildings) that were wholly unfit for human habitation. In a room not thirteen feet either way slept twelve men and women, two or three in bunks set in a sort of alcove, the rest on the floor. There were also rooms where people could sleep for five cents a night, stranger next to stranger.” via

ca. 1888–1898 — Dens of Death — Photo by Jacob Riis 

1891 — Portrait of a junk man’s living quarters in the cellar of a New York City tenement house. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

1886, New York, NY — A peddler sits on his bedroll, atop two barrels, in the filthy cellar he lives in. —Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

1890, New York, NY — A Jewish immigrant cobbler living in a dirty cellar prepares to eat a meal on the Sabbath. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

1885, Lower East Side, NY — Shelter for immigrants in a Bayard Street tenement, where a group of men share one room.  – Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1886 — Men sleep on the floor of a New York City homeless shelter. In 1886, the fee for sleeping indoors was five cents a night. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

early 1890s, New York City — A group of women and children make a Manhattan police station their temporary home, ca. 1890. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image by © Corbis

ca. 1885, New York City — An elderly woman sits in her dilapidated home and sews. She sleeps, cooks, and lives, all in one tiny room. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

1890, New York City — In the Home of an Italian Rag-Picker, Jersey Street.  An Italian mother sits in an area just off of Jersey Street and holds her baby. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Corbis

ca. 1880s, New York City — Poor family in one room tenement apartment — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

1888 — In Poverty Gap, West 28 Street: an English Coal-Herver’s Home — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1890 —  Interior of a pantmaker’s workshop (sweatshop) on New York City’s Lower East Side, Ludlow Street. The total income of the entire family, working morning until night, is $8.00 per week. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

1889 — A twelve year old boy works as a thread puller in a New York clothing factory sweatshop — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Corbis

1902, New York City — A classroom full of children in the condemned Essex Market School. A teacher demonstrates on the blackboard, as students watch attentively from crowded pews. Note the open gas jets near the ceiling used for lighting. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

1890, New York — Homeless newsboys sleep huddled in a corner outside the Mulberry Street Church — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1890, New York City — Girl Sitting on Doorstep with Baby on Her Lap — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1890s, New York — Three homeless boys sleep on a stairway in a Lower East Side alley. – Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1888–1898 – Keep off the Grass — Photo by Jacob Riis 

1888, New York City — Children’s Playground in Poverty Gap. Young boys play at a city playground. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Corbis

1890, New York, NY –A blind man stands alone on a street corner, offering pencils for sale in New York City. — Photo by Jacob Riis, Image © Bettmann/Corbis

ca. 1900 — Bone Alley Park Site — Photo by Jacob Riis

ca. 1900 — Mulberry Bend Park — Photo by Jacob Riis

Little Italy, Mulberry Street, New York City by Detroit Publishing, ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)

Italian Neighborhood with Street Market, Mulberry Street, New York by Detroit Publishing, ca. 1900-1910 (Library of Congress)



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  • Vjhv

    where’s nigger ? ;>

  • Per

    yeah ..the “good”ole Times….




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