This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. Hopefully you can sense a bit of the essence of the Lower East Side through these images.
The last picture was taken inside St Augustine’s Church, which was built between 1824-28. It is believed that the galleries on either side on the second story were built for slaves to worship -even though by that time slavery had already ended in New York. As I stood there to take the photo, I couldn’t help transporting myself back to that time and imagining all the things that might have happened in that place. If only we had pictures of those times!
What a coincidence that the world’s earliest known surviving photograph is exactly from 1827.