Slideshow Presentation of: The Five Points Neighborhood of the 19th Century
The Experience A slideshow excursion through the area where the "Five Points" neighborhood actually existed over a hundred and fifty years ago. An area roughly bounded by: Canal St. - Duane St. - Lafayette St. & the Bowery. At the beginning of the 19th century a major part of this area contained a reservoir (The Collect of The Fresh Water Pond) that had become polluted – it was drained, landfilled & replaced by a housing development of small wood frame houses for a lower middle income, ethnically mixed, artisan apprentice community called "Paradise Square”. Because the landfill was not done correctly the building shifted, walls cracked and basements flooded. The working class apprentices fled and were replaced by the poorest of the poor in the city (mostly Irish immigrants and freed blacks). By the 1820’s, America’s 1st & worst slum neighborhood came into being, the infamous “Five Points” neighborhood that was depicted in Martin Scorsese’s movie “Gangs of New York”. By the 1890’s, Italians were replacing the Irish & tenements were replacing the wood frame houses. The Irish gangs “The Whyo’s”, “The Slaughterhousers”, “The Dead Rabbits”, “The Baxter St. Dudes”, “The Mulberry Boys”, “The Daybreak Boys”, “The Pug Uglies” “The Sporting Men”, “The Roach Guard”, “Daybreak Boys”, and “The Patsy Conroys & by the 1890's the Irish gangs were being replaced by Italian gangs. “The Five Points Gang” 1500 strong + a subdivision “The James St. Boys” The End At the end of the slide show the narrator will answer questions and engage a discussion
Alfred Pommer is an author, a college graduate and a native of New York City. He worked for the New York City Parks Department for 25 years (15 years as a supervisor). Fascinated by the city’s history and architecture, he decided to share his passion with others and started to organize walking tours in the early 1990s. As a true passionate of New York City, Alfred collects photographs and anecdotes of the spots he enjoys the most. He is the author of four Manhattan guide books “Exploring the Original West Village”, “Exploring New York's SoHo”, "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" and "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square". Alfred Pommer has an author's page at amazon .com (http://Amazon.com/author/alfredpommer)
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