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Squatters

Squatters

Squatters - 1869

D.E. Wynard. Engraving from Harper's Weekly; June 26, 1869. Dover.

The majority of New York's poor found refuge in tenement houses and basement rooms in the older parts of the city. But throughout the 19th century, a considerable number lived in encampments such as this one near Central Park of dilapidated shanties on hilly, broken land for which no commercial or residential use had yet been found. Not until the very end of the 19th century were the last of the squatters with their goats, geese, chickens, and pigs driven from Manhattan island.

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This Squatters image is part of the "Vintage New York" exhibit, created by the New Rochelle Council on The Arts (NRCA); Thea Eichler, Program Chairman; with the assistance a grant from the Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation. © All images in this exhibit are the property of their respective copyright holders, and may not be reproduced without permission.

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