“Bandit’s Roost,” pictured above, was once considered the most dangerous part in all of New York City.
Jacob A. Riis was a police reporter in 1877 and decided to document the people living in New York’s East Side slum district. His book, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York, was the result of these photographs and was published in 1890.
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Ed note: The story behind the famous lunch atop a skyscraper photograph.