|Tenement dwellers seeking refuge from the heat, |
1879. Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery
Kohn documents in vivid detail the many stories of tenement dwellers who were so terribly affected by this natural disaster. The very young, the elderly, and the ill were most at risk of succumbing to the unbearable heat. The poor in general were also hit hard, given the temperatures inside crowded tenements.
98 Essex Street (just a couple of blocks away from 97 Orchard) who passed away at home. She was only six months old. Kohn also discusses fifteen-year-old Lewis Pumper, a recent immigrant from Poland, who hanged himself because he could no longer bear laboring in a bakeshop all day and sleeping in an unventilated basement at night.
Kohn's history will make you wonder how the government should respond in such times of crisis and what we can do to be as prepared as possible when the next natural disaster strikes.
Learn more tonight at 6:30pm at 108 Orchard Street near Delancey.
-posted by Devin