‘Five Points, NYC’s Most Notorious 19th-Century Slum’ Webinar
Today, the south end of Chinatown is defined by clean parks, bubble tea shops, and even towering courthouses — but back in the 19th century, it was internationally known as one of the world’s most notorious slums, described by Charles Dickens as where “poverty, wretchedness, and vice are rife.” This is the story of the former Manhattan neighborhood of Five Points, and what still remains.
Join New York Adventure Club as we step back in time to explore the forgotten stories and historic remnants of Five Points, a 19th-century slum that was infamous for decades as New York City’s center of violent crime, unemployment, prostitution, gambling, infectious diseases, and filth.
Led by licensed NYC guide and neighborhood expert Lloyd Trufelman, our virtual experience will include:
- The history of Five Points and how it grew into one of the world’s most notorious slums
- A digital showcase through modern-day Chinatown to trace the stories and remnants of Five Points, including New York’s oldest tenement, old churches, and even a building that once hosted rat-on-rat fights
- A discussion around films and television shows based in Five Points, such as Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film “Gangs of New York,” and how historically accurate they really are
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lloyd — any and all questions about Five Points are welcomed and encouraged!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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