Built in the the walk-up buildings here were home to the waves of German, Irish, and then Italian immigrants who settled in a neighborhood known by turns as Mackerelville, Kleindeutschland, and the northern end of the Lower East Side.
Jacob A. Riis Cat on a Tenement Steps, New York, circa Riis never found use for this charming study, taken at cats-eye level, of one of the thousands of tenement cats that kept the rat population at bay. From Jacob Riis Series)
Museum of City of New York Samuel H. (Samuel Herman) Gottscho Tudor City from Street. View of Tudor City. Tenement buildings with hanging laundry on clotheslines are in the middle- ground. A few men are scattered in the foreground (left).