Liquordom on the Lower East Side

Woah, check out all of the bars on New York’s Lower East Side in 1883! In its efforts to educate and support city dwellers interested in abstaining from alcohol, the Church Temperance Society published the book Liquordom in New York City, illustrated with maps indicating where lager beer (and whiskey) “reigned” in New York City. Liquordom goes on to list specific concerns like New York’s “cosmopolitan population which has not to any great extent become fused into the general national life” and “an abnormal proportion of the criminal classes of Europe, who have settled in, and made it the centre of their operations.”  NY History

By the Joggling Jowls of Falstaff! There was hardly any room to stagger and/ or collapse without staggering and/ or collapsing into the next bar.