BACK and 19th Century New York – In Photographs.
Above Photo: Shades of the Wild West: 1887. A group of men loiter in an alley known as ‘Bandit’s Roost’ off Mulberry Street (© Getty)
My Vietnam War/Backpacker crossover novel BACK also contains references to the history of mid-to-late 19th Century New York, as well as some historical incidents relevant to the novel, especially around the former sweatshops and tenements of Crosby Street, which are now high-class apartments and exclusive retail stores.
It also references the processing of immigrants arriving in New York through the Castle Garden immigration facility at the tip of Battery Park, well before Ellis Island opened in 1892, from where many millions of Americans first entered the country.
The Castle Garden facility still stands in Battery Park, but it is now renamed Castle Clinton.
It was therefore with interest that I saw a remarkable article in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper containing some incredible photographs of 19th Century New York, all of which photos are copyrighted to Getty Images.
They convey a real feel for the city as it struggled to cope with mass immigration from Europe and its resulting pressure on space, services, charity and also the resistance the newcomers received from already-established immigrant groups (Sounds familiar today, the world over, too).
I’ve only used a few of the photographs and would recommend viewing the Daily Mail’s full article and photographs here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343204/Welcome-America-Poignant-black-white-pictures-brutal-hardships-endured-immigrant-families-19th-century-New-York.html
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© Peter Alan Lloyd
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