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Yesterday I had the pleasure of exploring the Lower East Side, a neighborhood in southern Manhattan that was the center of Jewish culture in the late 19th and early 20th century.

At the height of immigration, with Jews from Eastern Europe streaming in, the Lower East Side was the most crowded neighborhood in the world, with 700 people per acre, most of them living in difficult conditions in tenement houses.

Today the Lower East Side has changed quite a bit, but there still are a few places where you can get authentic Jewish delicacies. One of them is a shop named Russ & Daughters, which sells all kinds of smoked fish, caviar, herring, dried fruits, bagels, and other delicious treats.

In this photo I present one of the workers from Russ & Daughters as seen through the front window. He was skillfully slicing smoked salmon. In the window's reflection you can see some of the tenement houses from across the street.

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1753 W: 280 N: 3390] (12646)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-01-26
  • Categories: Daily Life, Food
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 12:13
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