Hard Times: The Great Depression in New York's Lower East Side

Primary Sub Era: 

Americans everywhere felt the terrible effects of the Great Depression, but in the cities, millions of people living in close quarters were thrown out of work and into even deeper poverty than they had known before the economy's collapse.

Inline body image(s): 
Street scene, Lower East Side, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arnold Eagle, Collecti
Sidewalk scene with unidentified children, Lower East Side, c. 1935-37. (Photogr
Store interior, Lower East Side, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arnold Eagle, Collec
Street seen through a clothesline, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arnold Eagle, Coll
Children climbing on a tenement fire escape, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arnold E
Unidentified woman in a Lower East Side tenement, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arn
Unidentified child in a Lower East Side tenement, c. 1935-37. (Photograph by Arn
Period dresser in the restored Baldizzi apartment with photographs of Adolpho Ba
The kitchen and parlor of the restored Baldizzi apartment at 97 Orchard Street.
The restored Baldizzi family kitchen at 97 Orchard Street, as it would have look
3rd-column callouts
Callout: Related Collection Objects (2): 
no
Callout: Related Site Content (10): 
Show Related Site Content (top 10)
Callout: Related Site Content (5): 
no
Callout: Upcoming Calendar Events: 
no
Callout: Related Favorited Items ("Visitor Picks"): 
no

Make Gilder Lehrman your Home for History


Already have an account?

Please click here to login and access this page.

How to subscribe

Click here to get a free subscription if you are a K-12 educator or student, and here for more information on the Affiliate School Program, which provides even more benefits.

Otherwise, click here for information on a paid subscription for those who are not K-12 educators or students.

Make Gilder Lehrman your Home for History


Become an Affiliate School to have free access to the Gilder Lehrman site and all its features.

Click here to start your Affiliate School application today! You will have free access while your application is being processed.

Individual K-12 educators and students can also get a free subscription to the site by making a site account with a school-affiliated email address. Click here to do so now!

Make Gilder Lehrman your Home for History


Why Gilder Lehrman?

Your subscription grants you access to archives of rare historical documents, lectures by top historians, and a wealth of original historical material, while also helping to support history education in schools nationwide. Click here to see the kinds of historical resources to which you'll have access and here to read more about the Institute's educational programs.

Individual subscription: $25

Click here to sign up for an individual subscription to the Gilder Lehrman site.

Make Gilder Lehrman your Home for History


Upgrade your Account

We're sorry, but it looks as though you do not have access to the full Gilder Lehrman site.

All K-12 educators receive free subscriptions to the Gilder Lehrman site, and our Affiliate School members gain even more benefits!

How to Subscribe

K-12 educator or student? Click here to edit your profile and indicate this, giving you free access, and here for more information on the Affiliate School Program.

Not a educator or student? Click here for more information on purchasing a subscription to the Gilder Lehrman site.