Spurred on by 3 amazing photos of Orchard St in the Lower East Side, see here, Orchard St, L.E.S., I went looking for more.
I found this tribute video to Rebecca Lepkoff, a famed photographer of the L.E.S. with lots of photographs she took over many years.
The thing about the L.E.S. is of course that it was in the past the quintessential New York melting pot, the place where all the immigrants came.
Today’s Tenement Museum is a tribute to the hard lives they led, such hard lives in such dreadful conditions, but most survived.
The 3 photos of Orchard street are testament to something that also obviously made life there hard, when you see pictures of the place side by side at different periods of time.
In 1925 in the first picture there is no made road, no sidewalk, though photographs of Fifth Ave at the same time show both. The second photo in in 1978 there is now a made road of sorts but still no apparent sidewalk. And now in 2014 there’s a made road, with sidewalks. Who knew that the poorer parts of NYC were so slow in getting basic infrastructure?