- Reforming "The Bend"
1888 to 1897 NEW YORK, New York Urban Society, Urban-Life/Boosterism, Government, Progressive Reformers
"Where Mulberry Street crooks like an elbow within hail of the old depravity of the Five Points, is "the Bend," foul core of New York's slums." These words, written by Jacob A. Riis in his groundbreaking 1890 work, How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York, describe a desolate corner of the urban decay that characterized New York's Lower East Side in the late 1800s. Riis, a...