Where was New York's Five Points?
thought of it this mornign but can't figure it out
Mr. Mullins stated that the Five Points existed at the intersection of "Worth, Baxter, and Park Row". This would lie in today's Chinatown. He was close! There is no such intersection. Park Row does not intersect with Baxter. The Five Points can be found where Baxter intersects with Worth (formerly known as Anthony St). If you follow Worth east, you'll hit Park (formerly known as Chatham). Original 5 pts was the intersection of Worth, Baxter, Mosco, and Pearl Street, which use to run through the Federal Court House. The location is presently known as Columbus Park in China Town. Only two of the three streets that made up the Five Points intersection still exist--Worth and Baxter. The third is not Park Row, but the now-buried Park Street, which used to run from the Five Points, across Pearl Street and to the intersection of Lafayette and Centre streets. It ran under what is now a courthouse. Five Points was made by the intersection of three streets: Worth, Baxter, and Park (now Mosco). Around 1900, the tenements were torn down to make way for Mulberry Bend Park (now Columbus Park) and several courthouses. At Old World NYC there is a digital map showing where the old streets were and what the present area looks like.