Mulberry St NYC c.190
Another really cool photo of the new immigrants, in a bustling new country.
What stands out to you, as you scan the larger version of the photo? I like the children, toward the bottom and the gal sitting in the hay cart. I smell the best Italian food, this side of Italy.
At its peak, this area was one of the most densely populated places on Earth, with 500,000 people crammed into four square miles. The New York Times sent its reporters to characterize the Little Italy/Mulberry neighborhood in May 1896:
They are laborers; toilers in all grades of manual work; they are artisans, they are junkmen, and here, too, dwell the rag pickers....A monster colony of Italians might be termed the commercial or shop-keeping community of the Latins. Here are stores, pensions, groceries, fruit emporiums, tailors, shoemakers, wine merchants, importers, musical instrument makers....There are notaries, lawyers, doctors, apothecaries, undertakers....
Here it is colorized.
I don't know how I feel about the color - I like it but I see more detail in the black and white.
Which do you prefer?