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RIIS, JACOB HOUSES
454 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-2400 Fax (212) 426-8435


Street Boundaries
FDR Drive/Avenue D
East 6th Street/East 13th Street
Subway Lines
F to 6th Avenue and 14th Street – transfer to M14
L to 1st Avenue – transfer to M14
Bus Lines
M14C,M14D at 14th Street to 10th Street and Avenue D

NAMED AFTER: JACOB AUGUST RIIS (1849-1914) – Danish-born American journalist and reformer whose reports on living conditions in city slums led to improvements in housing and education. His stories in newspapers about slum dwellings and abuses in lower class urban life were collected in "How the Other Half Lives (1890)." Riis dwelled on the city's slum tenements and how the people there lived. His vivid descriptions, often depicted on slides, caused audiences at his lectures to moan, shudder and even faint. He founded a pioneer settlement house in New York City named after him. Riis Houses is in Manhattan.


SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
Jacob Riis Houses on Manhattan's Lower East Side has 13 buildings, 6, 13, and 14-stories high. The 11.73-acre complex has 1,187 apartments housing some 2,903 residents. Completed January 17, 1949, it is between East 8th and East 13th Streets, Avenue D and F.D.R. Drive.
Jacob Riis II on Manhattan's Lower East Side has six buildings, 6, 13, and 14-stories tall. There are 577 apartments housing some 1,402 people. The 5.94-acre complex was completed January 31, 1949 and is between East 6th and East 8th Streets, Avenue D and the F.D.R. Drive.