Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In Brooklyn's Ghetto, circa 1905

With the opening of new bridges and subway routes from the lower East Side of Manhattan to the outlying boroughs, such as Brooklyn (or Kings County), thousands of Jews moved to these areas in hopes of finding better living conditions, e.g. less overcrowding and cheaper rents.

In the article published in the former Brooklyn Daily Eagle newsaper, a report is given as to Jewish life in Brooklyn, most notably the Williamsburg section.

The start of the article is its introduction:

"For eleven months two young women settlement workers and college graduates have been living in the heart of the Brooklyn Ghetto. They have been received as residents of this interesting colony of strange people with strange habits. These two observing students have become acquainted with the methods in the daily life of the Yiddish folk with whom they have cast their lot. The things they have seen and the reforms they have instituted are related in this article, written by one of them. As they will continue for some time to make their home in the district they have chosen as their field of labor, it will be apparent why their names must remain unpublished."

You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

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