1st Avenue 1910 – Little Italy

Back at the turn of the 20th Century, the eastern part of East Harlem was a sizable Italian enclave. This photo intrigued me with the location, 1st Avenue:

In addition, one of the pushcarts – selling food, wares, clothing, etct. – had this address on it:

And indeed, the photo was taken close to 1st Avenue and 111th Street. While the great ads for rubs are long gone:

The telling detail that confirmed where the photo was taken was in the facade details of the upper stories (less susceptible to revision over the 110 years since):

Note the arches over the top windows and then the inset windows below, on the 2nd from the top floor. These details remain today:

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