(1820)

This Was Five Points

Manhattan: Civic Center/
Corner of what is now Worth and Baxter Sts.

The name for this former five-way intersection was lent to the notoriously crowded, crime-ridden neighborhood that surrounded it. It was memorialized in Asbury's "Gangs of New York" and in Charles Dickens' account of his visit: "American Notes" (1842). But it was the work of journalist Jacob Riis that exposed ordinary New Yorkers to the horrors of the slum, and led to the condemning of its buildings by the end of the 19th century.

Posted November 3, 2013 by gstavrou

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