(With apologies to Theodore Geisel.)
This 1900 Photocrom was taken on Mulberry Street in New York City. My grandparents immigrated to New York from Italy separately and met here; they arrived in around 1900. (Click the photo for a full-size version).
This is the kind of scene that would have greeted them; the detail is incredible. Notice the young chap in the foreground enjoying a beer.
Posted at /r/HistoryPorn by user The OneInThe Hat. Based on the addresses visible in the photos, he or she was also able to get a street view of the same perspective:
What a change in 113 years. I wonder what the area will look like in 2126?
The Old Wolf has spoken.