AMERICAN NOTES: Bowery Barometer

The dismal science of economics has no more grim indicator of what is happening in the nation than the number of men who are forced to find refuge, as best they can, in the squalor of Manhattan's Bowery. This week the city-operated Men's Shelter in the slum will give Thanksgiving dinners to some 2,000 people, an increase of more than 50% over 1973's figure. The number who are seeking out the shelter day to day is up 22% in a year's time and includes the largest group of young men seen on the Bowery in decades.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!