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Exhibit: The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community.


The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community
April 26 - August, 2019
31 Chambers Street, First Floor Gallery, NYC 10007

In 1933, a lively Italian immigrant enclave on the Lower East Side was wiped from the map. Although indistinguishable from the rest of the Lower East Side in many ways, this particular block existed under the shadow of a sinister narrative: death was embedded in the very walls of each building. According to the wealthy white Progressive reformers, this Lung Block – a generic term for a place where tuberculosis proliferated – represented a threat not just to its poor immigrant residents, but to the city at large.

Explore the history of immigrant housing and reform efforts in NYC at the start of the 20th century through one community.

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Congratulations to Assistant Commissioner Kenneth Cobb outstanding winner of the 2018 Archival Achievement Award.

Mr. Ken Cobb has been selected for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.'s outstanding Archival Achievement award for 2018.  The award acknowledges his achievement in the local archival profession.  Founded in 1979, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 400 archivists, librarians and records managers in New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories.

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