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Tenement and Slum Life of New York City. Lindsey Caggiano Dr. Dixon GEOG 250. Where were the slums of New York City at the turn of the 20 th century?. The Lower East Side was the dominant location of slums and tenements in New York City. What is a slum?.

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Tenement and slum life of new york city

Tenement and Slum Life of New York City

Lindsey Caggiano

Dr. Dixon

GEOG 250


Tenement and slum life of new york city

Where were the slums of New York City

at the turn of the 20th century?

The Lower East Side was the dominant location of slums and tenements in New York City.


What is a slum

What is a slum?

  • A thickly populated, rundown, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people.

  • What do you think a slum looks like?


What is a tenement

What is a tenement?

  • A rundown and often overcrowded apartment house. It is usually rented out to families, and found in poor sections of neighborhoods.


Tenement and slum life of new york city

How would you feel living in these conditions?


Who lived in slums and tenements at the turn of the 20 th century

Who lived in slums and tenements at the turn of the 20th century?

  • Immigrant populations

    • Italian

    • German

    • Irish

    • Jewish

    • Chinese

  • Disadvantaged families


Tenement and slum life of new york city

Immigration to NYC in

Castle Gardens (before Ellis Island).


Why were immigrants stuck in tenements

Why were immigrants stuck in tenements?

  • Americans viewed immigrants as inferior. They felt they were taking jobs away and corrupting American Life.

  • People with this attitude were referred to as nativists.


The three main styles of tenement flooring

The Three Main Styles of Tenement Flooring


Tenement and slum life of new york city

How does this compare with your bedroom, house and neighborhood?

http://tenement.org/education_lessonplans.html

Click on Josephine Baldizzi


What was happening to the lower east side

What was happening to the Lower East Side?


Tenements in new york

Tenements in New York

  • Number of tenements in New York, December 1888: 32, 390

  • Number built from June 1888 to August 1890: 3,733

  • Rear tenements in existence, August 1890: 2,630

  • Total number of tenements, August 1890: 37, 316

  • Estimated population of tenements, August 1890: 1,250,000

  • Estimated number of children under 5 years of age in tenements, 1890: 163,712


Gangs of new york

Gangs of New York

Part IV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EUnn7_s22A&feature=related

Follow video questionnaire.


Tenement evolution

Tenement Evolution

Due to living poor living conditions, several laws came into place.


Robert moses

Robert Moses

  • The World That Moses Built Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiEd5KnGE6w

  • The World That Moses Built Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22JdtAhX4oU


Housing projects

Housing Projects

  • Who lives in the housing projects?

  • How are they different from tenements?

  • What are the pros and cons of housing projects?


What are these housing projects like

What are these housing projects like?

  • Gowanus Houses, Brooklyn:

    • Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn consists of 14 buildings, 4, 6, 9, 13 and 14-stories high. It has 1,134 apartments housing an estimated 2,836 residents. The 12.57-acre complex was completed June 24, 1949 and is between Wyckoff, Douglass, Bond and Hoyt Streets. 

  • Alfred E. Smith Houses, Manhattan:

    • Governor Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan has 12 buildings, 15, 16 and 17-stories tall with 1,931 apartments housing some 4,316 people. The 21.75-acre complex was completed April 1, 1953 and is bordered by St. James Place, Madison, Catherine and South Streets. 

  • How is this different from the tenements of the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century?


Where did the housing projects move to in new york city

Where did the housing projects move to in New York City?

Interactive map of all New York City Public Housing:

http://gis.nyc.gov/nycha/im/wmp.do?


Tenement and slum life of new york city

Public Housing is all throughout New York city, but with the creation of housing projects, it has moved to the boroughs.


Old v new tenements

Old v. New Tenements


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