"Though he writes in generalities, and sometimes repetitively, his picture is a clearer one, especially for non-New Yorkers, than Granfield's more specific but patchwork 97 Orchard Street (2001). (bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Photographer/historian Bial (Ghost Towns of the American West, 2001, etc.) sets his sights on New York City's Lower East Side, which during the decades around the turn of the 20th Century became a contender for the most densely populated area on Earth.
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