This Pathfinder uses books, photographs, and visuals to show how city planning, historical events, and shifts in immigration changed the streets and culture of the Lower East Side during the twentieth century. It aims to provide researchers with key resources to further explore this area and these topics. There is a specific focus on Hester, Eldridge, Allen, and Mott Streets—the blocks where my family worked, lived, and played. The intent is to show how libraries and the documented sources included can help with genealogical research.

-Elizabeth Marotta


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  1. Greetings Ms.Marotta,
    I really love your website as it very much helps to connect the “days of old” with today’s modern world.
    I’m hoping you can help me identify the location (or former location} of the building shown in the Movie Street Scene (Sylvia Sydney 1931). It’s also shown in the movie Taxi (James Cagney 1932). I love the sweeping, fluted stairs at the entrance to the building and I was just wondering if it still exists and where it was/is located.

    Thank you in advance,
    R.Charles Wilson
    Steelton, Pa.

    • Greetings,

      Thanks for your comment. After some research, I found out that the building is actually a set. Here’s some more information from IMDB, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022436/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv: “The entire tenement district set including the elevated station was built on the back lot of the United Artists Studio in Hollywood. If you look closely at the end of the street under the twin staircases that go up to the train station, you’ll see they used a huge painted backing to extend the street.”

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