Just a quick fun post. Going through the Museum of the City of New York’s archives I found this 1932 picture of 298 Grand Street. The Federal-style home below was already 100 years old at the time (they'd stopped building dormer windows around 1840). By 1932, this was in the heart of the Jewish Lower East side, and textiles were the major industry—it looks like Haddad’s is selling Linens, Curtains, Bed Sets, Silk Underwear.
Most single family homes lasted just a few decades before becoming multiple family dwellings and/or businesses, such was the vortex-like growth of Manhattan’s population.
You can see the tracks of the Second Avenue railroad in the street. Horse-drawn cars ran south on Allen Street, west along Grand Street (below), and turned north up Second Avenue.
Museum of the City of New York
And here it is today in the middle of Chinatown. All three buildings are still there, slightly modified.