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Typical Tenements
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The overcrowded and poorly lit tenements of the Lower East Side were once home to huge numbers of recent Jewish immigrants. In the late 19th century, many of the apartments in these tenements doubled as garment workshops. Clothing manufacturers could have their products sewn and assembled here and avoid the costs of maintaining a factory. In the early 1900s the industry began to move from cramped tenements to large loft buildings like the Triangle's, but...

Description:

The overcrowded and poorly lit tenements of the Lower East Side were once home to huge numbers of recent Jewish immigrants. In the late 19th century, many of the apartments in these tenements doubled as garment workshops. Clothing manufacturers could have their products sewn and assembled here and avoid the costs of maintaining a factory. In the early 1900s the industry began to move from cramped tenements to large loft buildings like the Triangle's, but few safety measures were introduced.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York City