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The Child Gangs of New York

The Child Gangs of New York

The photo is a child gang of orphans that lived in the alleys somewhere around Mulberry Street and was taken in 1888. It was part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Live by Jacob Riis. In early New York child gangs were mainly confined to the Five Points, the...

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The Bowery Bum’s

The Bowery Bum’s

The photo is from inside the Oak Street Police Station. Its part of a collection called How The Other Half Live the picture was taken by Jacob Riis in 1888 Back in Old New York there were many characters and many crazy stories, the homeless had their stories too, they...

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Dive bars, saloons and other places of sin

Dive bars, saloons and other places of sin

The photo is a picture of an unnamed dive bar on Thompson Street. Its part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Live, the photo was taken by Jacob Riis in 1888. Throughout early New York dive bars were as violent and dangerous as any of the other places around,...

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