Excerpt from The Sun's Guide to New York: Replies to Questions Asked Every Day by the Guests and Citizens of the American Metropolis; Suggestions to Sightseers and Practical Information for Practical People
According to American standards these people live in misery, but their condition is undoubtedly far better than it was in Europe. Hundreds of them may crowd into one tenement here, but the Board of Health insists that they have an ample supply of water, that the houses are properly sewered, and that they do not so overcrowd a building as to deprive any of a sufficiency of air. The streets between these tenements are kept fairly clean, and the people are protected perforce by vaccination and sanitation from the ravages of disease. There are no rookeries in New York. When the visitor goes slumming he is guided along brightly-lighted streets, lined with substantial tenements of from four to eight stories in height, and at almost every corner he catches the glint of a policeman's buttons.
But there are other foreign quarters in New York where the people are thoroughly prosperous and comfortable, and these should be visited as well as the abodes 0f the outcasts of Europe. One great amelioration of the lot of the latter is the city's freedom from climatic rigors. New York is the farthest south of any of the Metropolitan centers of the world. Hence the cost of heavy wraps and fuel is comparatively little if immi grants are content to be no warmer on chilly days than they were able to keep themselves at home. Americans are so lavish in their expenditures, however, that their coat and coal bills would bring dismay to most British householders.
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