PHOTOGRAPHER, NEW YORK
CITY, 1849 -1914
"... Russell was in and out of town (New York), those days,
and we had a series of sub-lets around the East Village and then had a
nice little (read: real little!) walk-up flat on Ludlow Street, long
before it was made fancy like today. For a while Russell was doing some
research at the public library in the photo archives and bringing home
copies of old Joseph Riis photos from, like, the turn of the century (the
previous) of the poor immigrants and their terrible living conditions on
the Lower East Side in these horrible hovels. They all looked just like
our apartment. Worse, they all looked just like US in our
Memoirs" by Bill Wolf, Chapter XIV
Below: Ready for the Sabbath in a coal cellar,
Below: Pierto learning to write, Jersey Street
Below shop in Ludlow Street tenement, c. 1889.
Below: Washing up in the newsboys' lodging.
Below: Dive on Thompson Street (black and tan
Below: Ludlow Street.
Arabs barelegged, Mulberry Street.
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