The Lower East Side in New York City is the section of southeast Manhattan (40°43′N 73°59′W). It was a popular place for immigrants to settle during the during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. (Columbia Gazetteer of the World, The map below shows the population density by block in 1910.

The large number of synagogues shown here convey how Jewish immigrants were the predominant group on the Lower East Side during this time.


Source: Map and key from Eric Homberger, The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City’s History, Revised ed. (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005), 132.


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  1. The Library of Congress Archives has a great selection of historical photos and documents available in its Print and Photographs Online Collection. The photograph of Hester Street at the top of the page is an example of an image from its collection. Visit to see more Lower East Side images and prints.

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