Vintage Photograph Shows "The Ghetto" on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1909

The Ghetto, New York, N.Y., 1909
The Ghetto, New York, N.Y., 1909
Photo: LOC

Taken in 1909, this incredible vintage photograph shows the Jewish Ghetto on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The view is from the corner of Rivington Street and Orchard Street, looking north. At the time, Orchard Street served the neighborhood's outdoor market so there are hundreds of vendors lining the streets as far as the eye can see. Miraculously showing almost all of the original buildings, here is a Google Street View of how this same vantage point looks today:

Check out the specimen page on the Library of Congress Digital Archives for more information on the photograph.

Scarecrows & Pumpkins Return to the New York Botanical Garden for Halloween 2017

With Summer heat dying down and Fall just around the corner, the New York Botanical Garden is already setting up their popular Scarecrow and Pumpkin displays for Halloween 2017. Check it out in this short video from the NYBG.

See how our Adventure Garden staff are prepping for the start of Fall 2017—with a little help from some spooky new friends.

Luv on a Leash, a Staten Island Organization That Pairs Therapy Dogs With Non-Profit Community Workers

Luv on a Leash is a Staten Island based not-for-profit organization that helps provide therapy dogs to community organization workers and beneficiaries in order to help relieve stress and bring smiles to all. Learn all about them in this short video from the Staten Island Advance.

Luv on a Leash Therapy Dogs, a project of the Pride Center of Staten Island, is dedicated to placing trained, registered therapy dog teams in meaningful programs throughout the Staten Island Community. Our dogs and their handlers provide comfort and caring in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, extended care and residential facilities, schools and agencies where therapy dogs can be of benefit. Luv on a Leash Therapy Dogs is funded through the generosity of The Bruce Geary Foundation.