New Jewish Market, Lower East Side, 1900

New Jewish Market, Lower East Side, 1900
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In this hand-colored photograph from the Detroit Publishing Co., we can catch a glimpse of immigrant life on the Lower East Side about 1900. The street is lined with pushcarts, and merchants haggle with residents over fresh vegetables. Laundry hangs on fire escapes. A streetcleaner dressed all in white pushes a broom up the street.  Scenes like this came to an end in 1940 when Mayor LaGuardia outlawed the pushcarts and brought the vendors into indoor markets.

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