Friday, August 5, 2011

NYC Vintage Image: Lower East Side's Jewish & Russian 'Ghetto,' 1908

This view looking north of Orchard Street at Rivington Street in the Lower East Side shows what was considered New York's "ghetto" in 1908, which in those days was a derogatory term for areas populated by Jewish and Russian immigrants.

Note in the zoomed photos that many of the signs in this photo are in Hebrew and Russian. The color painting depicts "Market Day," again, in "the ghetto."