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jacob a. riis photographs
Bone Alley Park site -- when the tenements were torn down, one of the small park sites I [Jacob A. Riis] located, taken 1898.

Bone Alley Park site -- when the tenements were torn down, one of the small park sites I [Jacob A. Riis] located, taken 1898.

Bone Alley Park site -- when the tenements were torn down, one of the small park sites I [Jacob A. Riis] located, taken 1898.

Bone Alley Park site -- when the tenements were torn down, one of the small park sites I [Jacob A. Riis] located, taken 1898.

[Jacob A. Riis.]

[Jacob A. Riis.]

[Jacob A. Riis.]

[Jacob A. Riis.]

Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman and her baby.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman and her baby.

"I Scrubs." Katie , who keeps house in West Forty-ninth Street.

"I Scrubs." Katie , who keeps house in West Forty-ninth Street.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman and her dog.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman and her dog.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

"Washing Up" in the Newsboys' lodging house.

"Washing Up" in the Newsboys' lodging house.

Shelter Island; View from the hill toward Prospect & Greenport.

Shelter Island; View from the hill toward Prospect & Greenport.

Blind Beggar.

Blind Beggar.

Old Barney in Cat Alley.

Old Barney in Cat Alley.

The Potter's Field, the Common Trench

The Potter's Field, the Common Trench

Under the Dump at West 47th Street.

Under the Dump at West 47th Street.

Shelter Island; At Cockle Harbor.

Shelter Island; At Cockle Harbor.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

An Italian Home under a Dump.

An Italian Home under a Dump.

Shelter Island NY; The Children on Cartwright's Lawn, 1892.

Shelter Island NY; The Children on Cartwright's Lawn, 1892.

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."

Waiting to be let into playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Baby in slum tenement, dark stairs--it's playground.

Baby in slum tenement, dark stairs--it's playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

A "Scrub" and her Bed -- the Plank.

A "Scrub" and her Bed -- the Plank.

"Knee-pants" at forty five cents a dozen -- A Ludlow Street Sweater's Shop.

"Knee-pants" at forty five cents a dozen -- A Ludlow Street Sweater's Shop.

Old house in Cherry Street, "The Cradle of the Tenement".

Old house in Cherry Street, "The Cradle of the Tenement".

Night in Gotham Court.

Night in Gotham Court.

The Potter's Field Consecrated Ground.

The Potter's Field Consecrated Ground.

Night in Gotham Court.

Night in Gotham Court.

The Division Street Park site -- as it was when tenements were cleared away, taken 1898.

The Division Street Park site -- as it was when tenements were cleared away, taken 1898.

The Potter's Field, the Common Trench.

The Potter's Field, the Common Trench.

Children's Aid Society, bringing in the apple crop.

Children's Aid Society, bringing in the apple crop.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

Yard in Jersey Street Tenement.

Yard in Jersey Street Tenement.

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

"Minding the Baby," Cherry Hill.

"Minding the Baby," Cherry Hill.

Under the Dump at West 47th Street.

Under the Dump at West 47th Street.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

The Survival of the Unfittest.

The Survival of the Unfittest.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.

Mulberry Street Police Station. Waiting for the Lodging to open.

Mulberry Street Police Station. Waiting for the Lodging to open.

The Potter's Field.

The Potter's Field.

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

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