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Barracks

Barracks
CSS Description
In “Forty-First Annual Report of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor for the year 1884.” Drawing opposite p. 44; description, p. 40 ff. (From the Tenement House Inspectors Reports, pp. 35-60.) Mott Street. Cosmopolitan New York may be understood at a single glance by working through the big tenement – Mott Street. One hundred families have their homes in this house. Iron stairs, broad, flagged corridors, extending from street to street [Mott to Elizabeth], solid walls, ceilings arched on iron girders, all tend to induce an air of strength and security. At almost any time may be found here representatives of twenty different nationalities. The illustration shows the topmost passageway, the further end looking towards Elizabeth street, busy with the sound of many occupations, enlivened with the hum of many dialects, the noisy play of children; Polish Jews, Italians, Chinese and Americans, are alike intent on following their own pursuits. Reproduction in “The Battle with the Slums,” by Jacob Riis (1902), p. 28. Picture title: Flagged Hallway in the “Big Flat” in Mott Street. AICP credited p. 16.
Item Information
Title
Barracks
Date
1884
Item Number
964
Photograph Number
MA-261
Format
illustrations
Borough
Manhattan
Street Names
Mott Street
Elizabeth Street
Annotation on Front
The Barracks
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Women; Tenement houses; Pails; Men; Laundry; Children; Cats
Creators
Drake, W. H. (William Henry)
Box and Folder Number
620: 48
CSS Description
In “Forty-First Annual Report of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor for the year 1884.” Drawing opposite p. 44; description, p. 40 ff. (From the Tenement House Inspectors Reports, pp. 35-60.) Mott Street. Cosmopolitan New York may be understood at a single glance by working through the big tenement – Mott Street. One hundred families have their homes in this house. Iron stairs, broad, flagged corridors, extending from street to street [Mott to Elizabeth], solid walls, ceilings arched on iron girders, all tend to induce an air of strength and security. At almost any time may be found here representatives of twenty different nationalities. The illustration shows the topmost passageway, the further end looking towards Elizabeth street, busy with the sound of many occupations, enlivened with the hum of many dialects, the noisy play of children; Polish Jews, Italians, Chinese and Americans, are alike intent on following their own pursuits. Reproduction in “The Battle with the Slums,” by Jacob Riis (1902), p. 28. Picture title: Flagged Hallway in the “Big Flat” in Mott Street. AICP credited p. 16.