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.

Rivington St & Orchard St
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