An immigrant living in the lower east side contains a large population with diverse cultures. This caused immigrants to live in tenement housing. Tenements were low-rise buildings with multiple apartments, which were narrow and typically made up of three rooms. Because rents were low, tenement housing was the common choice for new immigrants in New York City. It was common for a family of 10 to live in a 325-square-foot apartment. Many immigrants gravitated towards the Lower East Side for job opportunities in the garment industry as well. It became the center of the nation’s garment production, powered by the Jewish and Italian immigrants.
– Mia O