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And to Think That I Saw It On ...

And to Think That I Saw It On ...

New York circa 1900. "Italian neighborhood, Mulberry Street." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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This is Mulberry and Baxter St. looking North. The building on the right is still there - built as a school, it is now a community center.

This neighborhood was once an Irish slum, then Italian, now a thriving street in Chinatown. One block up from the (in)famous Mulberry Bend of Jacob Riis' photos, and steps north from the Five Points, long gone when this was taken.

I Think I See Him!

Just waiting for Vito Corleone to walk by.


Below is the same view from May of 2009.

PS 23: School of 29 Nationalities

The building on the right foreground still stands. It is 70 Mulberry Street, constructed 1891-1892 as an innovatively designed public school, PS 23. It served an area with so many different immigrant groups that it was dubbed "The school of 29 nationalities." Its history and some now-and-then photos can be found here.

I did find it...

Carmen Miranda on Mulberry Street

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