Photographed May 1, 1903. Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Camera: James Blair Smith
This is the Lower East Side, believed to be either on or near Hester Street. At the turn of the century, this area was the center of commerce for New York's Jewish ghetto. The large ghetto population lived in overcrowded conditions south of Houston Street and east of the Bowery. It was predominantly Russian at this time, but also included immigrants from Austria, Germany, Rumania and Turkey.