Slum Life In New York City During the Nineteenth Century's Gilded AgeVincze Miklós6/02/14 5:59pmFiled to: secret historyphotographyjacob riishistory9611EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWealth flowed during the 1880s and 90s, but only to the upper echelons of society. A vast gulf opened between rich and poor, earning this era the nickname "the Gilded Age." One immigrant photographer captured what it was like for New York's poor during this time, and his images remain arresting today.AdvertisementThe Danish-born carpenter Jacob Riis (1849-1914) migrated to the US in 1870. He started his career as a journalist in 1873 as a police reporter, only three years after he arrived in New York. Later he became the city editor of the New York Tribune.When flash photography was born in 1887, he and three photographer friends began to photograph the slums of New York City and three years later he published How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York with more than a hundred photographs. AdvertisementLater he wrote some other books, but none of those could approach the success of How the Other Half Lives. The whole book with photos and illustrations is available here.Baxter Street, Mulberry BendMulberry Bend Bandits Roost, a Mulberry Street back alleyBaxter Street Alley, behind the Bandit's RoostStreet Arabs – tens of thousands of begging homeless kids, mostly boys A shoemaker in 219 Broome StreetPolice Station lodgers in Elizabeth Street Station Scene on the Roof on the Mott Street Barracks Sabbath Eve in a coal cellar, Ludlow StreetDens of Death Bohemian cigarmakers at work in their tenementLodgers in a crowded flat on Bayard Street. It cost five cents a day. The old Mrs. Benoit in her tenement on Hudson StreetMulberry Bend Park"Knee-pants" at forty-five cents a dozen – A Ludlow street sweatshopA school on the East SideImmigrant children saluting the flag in the Mott Street Industrial School Home of an Italian ragpicker Essex Market School, East SideA Flat in the Pauper's Barracks with All Its Furniture Swine Bunks in a seven-cent lodging house named Happy Jack's Canvas Palace, Pell StreetHell's Kitchen A Rear Tenement in Roosevelt StreetA pedlar who slept in the cellar of 11 Ludlow StreetUnder the dump, Rivington Street Under the dump at West 35th Street Headquarters of the Whyo gang, Bottle AlleyMen's lodging room in West 47th Street StationMountain Eagle and his Family of Iroquois Indians — One of the few Indian families in the city, found at 6 Beach StreetA Black-and-Tan Dive in "Africa"The Short-Tail Gang, Corlears Hook, under the Pier at the foot of Jackson StreetIt cost a dollar a month to sleep in these shedsA Talmud school in Hester StreetA downtown "morgue" (an unlicensed saloon)LodgersA family making artificial flowersPolice Station LodgersEldridge Street Police Station:West 47th Street:Getting ready for supper in the newsboys' lodging-house __AdvertisementSponsoredThe photos are from Zeno, except when noted otherwise.