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Jacob A. (Jacob August) Riis (1849-1914)
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.

Men's lodging room in West 47th Street Station.

Men's lodging room in West 47th Street Station.

Prayer time in the nursery, Five Points House of Industry.

Prayer time in the nursery, Five Points House of Industry.

Prayer-time in the Nursery - Five Points House of Industry.

Prayer-time in the Nursery - Five Points House of Industry.

The Potter's Field Consecrated Ground.

The Potter's Field Consecrated Ground.

Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

"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.

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

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

In the home of an Italian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

In the home of an Italian Ragpicker, Jersey 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.

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.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Police Station Lodgers 19. The Single typhus lodger in Eldridge Street, he lay by the stove in the policemen's room no one dreaming what ailed him.

Police Station Lodgers 19. The Single typhus lodger in Eldridge Street, he lay by the stove in the policemen's room no one dreaming what ailed him.

An Italian Home under a Dump.

An Italian Home under a Dump.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

Men's lodging room in West 47th Street Station.

Men's lodging room in West 47th Street Station.

Shelter Island; At Cockle Harbor.

Shelter Island; At Cockle Harbor.

Waiting to be let into playground.

Waiting to be let into playground.

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.

"Washing Up" in the Newsboys' lodging house.

"Washing Up" in the Newsboys' lodging house.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

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

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

Old Barney in Cat Alley.

Old Barney in Cat Alley.

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

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

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

In the home of an Italtian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.

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

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

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

"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.

Yard in Jersey Street Tenement.

Yard in Jersey Street Tenement.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman.

Shelter Island; Our (Indian) Washer woman.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

Shelter Island; Coming through the Fields.

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

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

Night in Gotham Court.

Night in Gotham Court.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

"Little Susie at Her Work," Gotham Court.

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.

Police Station Lodger: Women's lodging room in W. 30th Street Station.

Police Station Lodger: Women's lodging room in W. 30th Street Station.

"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 Potter's Field.

The Potter's Field.

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