Street Photography, People, New York History
August 22, 2013

Spring and Broadway, SoHo

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1/320th at F13, ISO 800 (28mm).

Is there a larger shopping mall in the world?

While the cast-iron architecture in SoHo may seem grand and elegant, the reality about them is much darker.  Here is some history from Blue Guide NY.

"During the decade between 1860 and 1890, most of the cast-iron architecture so admired today was constructed, the buildings serving as factories or warehouses, often with shopfronts on the ground floor.  Appealing as they may seem now with their Corinthian columns, Palladian windows, or French Second Empire dormers, many functioned as sweatshops where immigrants from southern and eastern Europe endured 12 or more hours a day of tedious labor."

 


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