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William Klein - Selwyn, 42nd Street, New York, 1955 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

William Klein - Selwyn, 42nd Street, New York, 1955 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Circa 1900. "New York financial district from the Woodbridge Building." The Park Row building at right was the world's tallest office tower.

Circa 1900. "New York financial district from the Woodbridge Building." The Park Row building at right was the world's tallest office tower.

Tenement life in New York City - While over seventy miles of sewers were constructed between 1850 and 1855, one was not laid on the Orchard Street block between Broome and Delancey Streets until 1863.

Tenement life in New York City - While over seventy miles of sewers were constructed between 1850 and 1855, one was not laid on the Orchard Street block between Broome and Delancey Streets until 1863.

An unknown photographer captured this New York mother and her two babies in an old-law tenement apartment in 1916.  Like most flats in old-law tenements (so named because they predate “new” turn-of-the-century laws mandating better living conditions per apartment), it’s dark, squalid, and unventilated.  That window probably looks out onto a narrow courtyard, if not just another room in the same apartment.

An unknown photographer captured this New York mother and her two babies in an old-law tenement apartment in 1916. Like most flats in old-law tenements (so named because they predate “new” turn-of-the-century laws mandating better living conditions per apartment), it’s dark, squalid, and unventilated. That window probably looks out onto a narrow courtyard, if not just another room in the same apartment.

Unseen images from the Gilded Age of New York: Book opens doors to the mansions and lifestyles of the city's first millionaires (click through for more photos)

Gilded New York - the style of the wealthiest 19th century New Yorkers

Unseen images from the Gilded Age of New York: Book opens doors to the mansions and lifestyles of the city's first millionaires (click through for more photos)

New York circa 1908. "R.H. Macy & Co., Herald Square." Broadway at 34th Street, with a glimpse of the Sixth Avenue elevated tracks.

New York circa 1908. "R.H. Macy & Co., Herald Square." Broadway at 34th Street, with a glimpse of the Sixth Avenue elevated tracks.

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