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September 26, 2013

New Amsterdam's Eternal Mayor: The Pluck and Fineness of Jacob Riis (1849–1914).

Jacob Riis (1849–1914) was a Danish American reformer, journalist and photographer. He is still famous for his photos of New York City's slums and their uneasy mix of new Americans--especially those taken in Hell's Kitchen and around Five Points. Below in the 1890s is Mulberry "Bend" (then sometimes "Lane") in lower Manhattan and within the Five Points. It's now Mulberry Street, which runs through Chinatown and Little Italy.

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Posted by JD Hull at September 26, 2013 03:59 AM

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