Five Points Walking Tour
Buried deep beneath today's Chinatown lies New York City's legendary Five Points -- one-time godforsaken heart of the immigrant, impoverished and working-poor ghetto. A hallowed ground where days-long battles were fought over turf, culture, class and religion during one of the most corrupt and tumultuous eras in the history of this city.
19th century New York: bigotry and rivalry, ribaldry and racism, oppression, defiance, perseverance, progress and reform. This is the story of the Irish, Africans, Germans, Jews, Italians and Chinese who faced unbelievable obstacles to gain a foothold in America during its infancy.
On this tour, we go way beyond the now-familiar "Gangs of New York" narrative and explore the conditions which led to the devolution of the Five Points district. How did a Post-Revolutionary War upper-class enclave become a slum by the mid-19th century? Why did the Irish settle in the Five Points? How did the Italians and Chinese end up displacing most of the Irish, Africans, Germans and Jews by the end of the century? What were the political and social conditions that led to so much fluctuation and turmoil?
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Eric Ferrara is founder of the Lower East Side History Project, author of several NYC history books, and fourth-generation Lower East Sider. He has been a consultant on several movie, tv, and media projects world wide, including HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Warner Brothers' new Great Gatsby. MORE ABOUT ERIC HERE.
Seth Franklin Abrams is a native New York City writer, producer, actor and founding curator for the former Museum of the American Gangster, Seth is also the creator of Our Gotham, a film series that is set in the underworld of 1904 New York chronicling the exploits of the legendary Monk Eastman, Kid Twist and a host of other unforgettable characters. Franklin also produced Inside a Change, recipient of the 2009 Best Film Award at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. As an actor, Franklin has appeared in a host of films, video games and videos.
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