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Elizabeth St., New York City, 1912.
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"When the façades of the houses are alive with people, when eyes gaze riveted tens of thousands at a time,
When the guests from the islands advance, when the pageant moves forward visible..."
- A Broadway Pageant (more...)

In the 1830s and 1840s, Germans, Irish, and other immigrants began settling in large tenement neighborhoods on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Landlords crowded more than one family into a single room. They rented out cellars and built additional buildings in back yards. Even worse, they collected exorbitant rents from New York's poorest residents. The problems were first addressed by the Tenement Home Law of 1867, followed by the New York State Tenement House Act of 1901. (more...)










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