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Mulberry Street, 1905, looking north toward Canal Street

Mulberry Street, 1905, looking north toward Canal Street

Those who have read The Godfather or seen The Godfather II will recognize these as the environs of the young Vito Corleone. A hundred years ago, this part of the Lower East Side was Little Italy, teeming with Italian immigrants looking for a better life. Today the immigrants come from a bit further east than Italy -- China, Viet Nam, Thailand -- but it is still a vibrant home for brave souls seeking opportunity and freedom.

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Gansevoort and Washington Streets, 1903

Gansevoort and Washington Streets, 1903

This black and white photo of Gansevoort and Washington Street, taken in 1903, shows a bustling market. At this time, the area was the Meat Packing District, home to over 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants. The area has for the past several years undergone a renaissance and is now the home of numerous fashionable boutiques and the beginning of High Line Park.

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Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, 1950

Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, 1950

This photo shows the field, stands, and scoreboard of the great Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912 through 1957.  Here we can see a few men doing field maintenance.  No baseball game is in progress.  In the background are a number of billboards, which are clearly focused on men's products -- Bulova watches, Van Heusen shirts, Botany ties, GEM razor blades, and Esquire boot polish.  The scoreboard itself if sponsored by Schaefer beer, "the one beer to have when you're having more than one."

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Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season. Here we can see the stadium along with Prospect Park to the west and much of the Flatbush neighborhood, which Dem Bums called home.

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