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"Mills House No. 2, Rivington Street, New York, N.Y." This "hostel for poor gentlemen," one of three erected by the banker Darius Ogden Mills as lodging houses for working-class men, contained 600 small rooms that rented for 20 cents a day. Our title honors the several ectoplasmic pedestrians whose shades inhabit this time exposure. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.