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The Libertines: 1911

The Libertines: 1911

New York, December 1911. "Mrs. Lucy Libertine and family: Johnnie, 4 years old; Mary, 6 years; Millie, 9 years, picking nuts in the basement tenement, 143 Hudson Street. Mary was standing in the open mouth of the bag holding the cracked nuts (to be picked), with her dirty street shoes on, and using a huge dirty jackknife. On the right is the cobbler's bench used by shoemaker in this room. They live in dark inner bedrooms, and filth abounds in all the room and in the dark, damp entry." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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143 Hudson Street was replaced by a 14 story commercial building in 1929, it was then numbered 145 Hudson Street. Located at Hubert and Hudson, the building has undergone a change to residential lofts and is now known as the Skylofts at 145 Hudson Street. They're around 5,000 square feet and sell in the $5 million range. The area is now called Tribeca and what you get for the 5 mil is raw space.

Lucy Libertine

You have to be at least mildly amused that the hardworking folks shown here were blessed with the surname of "Libertine"! "Lucy Libertine" sounds like a good name for a racy comic strip character.

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What a marvelous old photo. Love your site.


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