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February 1912. Rear view of tenement, 134½ Thompson St., NYC. See the outhouses on the right of the pic, & the broken chicken coop (?) on the left, wash basins & baskets hanging outside windows. One young boy is reading. My grandma, who grew up at 87 Thompson just a few buildings south of this address, was 4 when this pic was taken. Maybe that's why this is a fave pic of mine. Visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC for a compelling view of life back then. @AmericourtPride

New York circa 1902. "Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Fifth Avenue addition to the original 1874 structure nearing completion. The pyramids of rough-hewn limestone blocks in the Beaux-Arts cornice, intended to serve as the basis for four sculptural groups, remain unfinished to this day.

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