Nighttime buying and selling on Allen Street

A dress shop, furniture and rugs for sale on the sidewalk, a pretzel vendor—there’s a lot happening on bustling Allen Street in George Luks’ 1905 painting of a Lower East Side street.

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3 Responses to “Nighttime buying and selling on Allen Street”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    When we came to America in 1952 we moved into a tenement of 5th Street and Avenue A. My mother quickly found out where to get low priced goods, of course Orchard Street, one block east of Allen. Every week my mother would drag me and my sister to crowded, packed with other shoppers, who thronged Allen, Orchard, Ludlow, Essex Streets. I thought I’d never get out of there and in a way I haven’t.

  2. Nabe News: July 29 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    […] painting of Allen Street in 1905 [Ephemeral […]

  3. Boy and Girl Downtown Says:

    What an amazing piece of history!

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