The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community
Apr 18 - Oct 31 2019
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In 1933, a lively Italian immigrant enclave on the Lower East Side was wiped from the map. Though this area was in many ways indistinguishable from the rest of the Lower East Side – a bustling, immigrant stronghold characterized by densely populated tenement buildings -- since 1899, this particular block existed under the shadow of a sinister narrative: that death was embedded in the very walls of those buildings, and that this Lung Block -- the generic term for a place where tuberculosis proliferated -- represented a threat not just to the residents, but to the city at large. Danel Discussion: Tue, Apr 9, 6:30pm.