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Presents a view of New York City's tenements during the peak years of foreign immigration, discussing living conditions, laws pertaining to tenements, and the occupations of their residents.
"Bial focuses this illuminating photoessay on the immigrants who settled on Manhatten's Lower East Side from the early 1800s to the 1930s...Historic photos make the plight of these families startlingly real." Publishers Weekly
"The author's beautifully composed, stunning color pictures...[and] detailed descriptions transport readers back into the cramped quarters and crowded streets and alleys of late 19th and early 20th century New York." School Library Journal
An excellent example of how books can bring the past to the present.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
“Children who imagine their ancestors stepping from Ellis Island directly into the American Dream will want to take a look around the old neighborhood.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books