Photographed February 17, 1915
In Boston, Massachusetts, the “New York streets” were at the northeast corner of Boston’s South End. They were laid out on filled land (formerly wharves jutting into South Bay), and may have been specifically planned as residential housing for the arriving Irish immigrants. The neighborhood was an integrated multi-ethnic district of working poor/working class people who had not yet learned to speak English for themselves.
On February 17, 1915 this photograph was taken at Albany and Troy streets and shows a dilapidated neighborhood with leaning buildings and junk on the ground while kids play nearby.