From Jacob Riis’ 1890 book “How the Other Half Lives”: A back-lot house on Bleecker Street between Mercer and Greene Streets, almost toppling into an excavation site. “Dens of Death” and Mullen’s Alley with some of New York’s many homeless children. Late 1880s.
October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening performance; the new opera house at Broadway and 39th Street is built with the express purpose of providing enough boxes to showcase all of the newly wealthy New Yorkers.
J.S. Johnson, Metropolitan Opera, west side of Broadway, north of 39th Street, ca. 1886. New-York Historical Society, Geographic File # 57915