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February 09, 2012 08:28:27 PM
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Theresa Beyer

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New Rochelle

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Dumbbell tenement

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The dumbbell tenement was a result of the Tenement House Act of 1879 which required that every habitable room have access to air. Dumbbell tenements are symbolic both of the waves of immigrants who gave life to NYC, but also to the philanthropist who made it their business to improve the quality of life of the poorest residents of the city.

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Comments [1]

Robert Graf

Interesting, I never heard term "dumbbell" tenement. Something we've all experienced.

Feb. 17 2012 01:06 AM

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