Children Sleeping Rough in the Slums of NYC

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human rights images / photography and journalism

Here’s a revealing collection of images by Jacob Riis, showing the depths of poverty in New York’s infamous slums from around the end of the 19th century:

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Hard to imagine NYC like that nowadays. Sure, there is poverty and homelessness, but nothing like the 19th century slums around Mulberry Street, Jersey Street, Bleecker Street, Mercer Street, Greene Street, Cherry Street and such. If you’re into this moral progress stuff, here’s what the area looks like now:

Mulberry Street, New York

Mulberry Street, New York

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