Stunning pictures from capture beggars on the streets of New York – Daily News

Stunning pictures from capture beggars on the streets of New York – Daily News


Incredible images from the 1910s have show how the poor begged on the streets of New York despite the rich city growing up around them Striking shots reveal how homelessness in New York City has been a battle for authorities for more than a century Beggars feature in the images, as they try to keep themselves presentable in the only tattered suit clothes they owned, in an attempt to keep themselves presentable Men, women and children were begging in the day time but sleeping at night in shelters, on park benches, in public toilets and in extreme cases, next to dead bodies in morgues, according to historians  One image shows a man sitting with his eyes closed and his hand out, another depicts a woman begging with a young child in her arms A third image is of a man who appears to only have one leg looking desperate between two crutches Another man with a deformed face appears to be missing his nose is seen, as well as another beggar who has a dog During the years of 1898-1945, New York City consolidated and came to dominate American life The era began with the formation of the consolidated city of the five boroughs in 1898, with a total population of 3 4 million. New transportation links, especially the New York City Subway, opened in 1904, bound together the new metropolis Increased immigration of unskilled Catholic and Jewish workers from Southern and Eastern Europe expanded the labour force until the World War ended immigration in 1914 Share this article Share Labour shortages during the war attracted African Americans from the Southeast, who headed north as part of the Great Migration They sponsored the Harlem Renaissance of literature and culture celebrating the black experience  Begging and homelessness is not a thing of the past. According to Coalition for the Homeless there were 63,559 homeless people, including 15,572 homeless families with 23,136 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system in October 2018 They also revealed that the problem of homeless people in recent years has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s Their research shows that the primary cause of homelessness, particularly among families, is lack of affordable housing Surveys of homeless families have identified the following major immediate, triggering causes of homelessness: eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; job loss; and hazardous housing conditions  

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