Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

“Bandit’s Roost” off Mulberry Street, New York City; ca. 1887

The guy in the foreground on the right looks exactly like Matt Damon to me.

There’s even a guy in the window throwing gang signs.
Makes you wonder where that trend started.

The opening part of this scene from ‘Gangs of New York’ was based off of this photo.

9 responses

  1. Thanks for showing this. It does have a different feeling though without the guy that looks like he’s about to bash your skull in with a piece of wood.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

  2. conscientiousskeptic

    I’ve been trying to determine if it is some kind of plank of wood or a double barrel shotgun.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

  3. roaldengelbregtamundsen

    Judging fromt he length of the object I’m guessing its a piece of wood. You can see absolutely no stock anywhere, even beyond his hand. I’m not sure about late 19th century shotguns, but it looks extremely long to me if it is a firearm.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:18 am

  4. conscientiousskeptic

    Yeah, and actually I am thinking that these people probably could not afford guns at the time as they were more of a luxury, but I could be wrong.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:18 am

  5. And if you’ve got a shotgun in a city that you’re going to be using for shooting people rather than hunting, you’re gonna saw that bastard down a bit or it’d be far too clumsy.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

  6. Valkyrie Völuspá

    Been looking at the photo for a while, and I just now realized that there were women in the windows.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:20 am

  7. And is that Kurt Cobain?

    May 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

  8. roaldengelbregtamundsen

    Is there any connection with “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street?”

    May 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

  9. $10 says everyone in these photos had crabs.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:55 am

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