- Class Tensions Arise in the Markets of Hester Street
January 1, 1898 NEW YORK, New York Women, Progressive Reformers, Marketplace
"The true heart of the Lower East Side beat in the street," and Hester Street was no exception. It served as the hub of life in the Lower East Side – teeming with women shopping, children playing and peddlers manning their pushcarts full of food. While the tenements towered high above blocking out the sky, the streets were overrun with peddlers and their pushcarts and their female clientele milling...
- Lower Working Class Life of New York City
1830 NEW YORK, New York Immigration, Health, Labor, New York
During the 19th century New York City was a populous municipality, with over 220,000 inhabitants by the 1830s. It was diverse, consisting of both prosperous and impoverished areas. Many buildings were beautifully created with an artistic impression, while others were insignificant and deplorable. Prince Maximilian of Wied’s chronicled his travels in New York during this time and described the contrast...