The Five Points, 1827. There was once a beautiful pond nearby that the Dutch called Kalch Hoek, “lime shell point,” after noticing #oyster middens left nearby by the natives, who had a small village on its banks called Werpoes, "beautiful village by the thicket." When the British took over, the name of the pond was Anglicized to the Collect Pond, and for many years it was a favorite spot to fish, swim, and ice skate. Folks built cottages overlooking the banks of the pond, but in the years following the #AmericanRevolution , butchers and tanners moved to the area, dumping offal and chemicals into the water. As a result, the pond became heavily polluted, and the city built a canal to drain the pond (the namesake of #CanalStreet ). Once the pond was drained, it was filled in with earth from nearby Bayard’s Mount, which was once the tallest point in #lowerManhattan . The city was rapidly spreading north, and elegant buildings were built in the area, which soon became a fashionable district known as Paradise Square. Although the pond had been filled in, the land was poor and noxious, and the buildings started to sink. Genteel New Yorkers swiftly moved uptown, and the area attracted newly arrived immigrants, along with freedpeople and former slaves. By the mid-1820s, the area was known as the Five Points, after the intersection of several intersecting roads. Soon, it was the city’s most notorious neighborhood, known for its fetid living conditions and overcrowding. The streets were filthy and covered in slop and garbage, which attracted pigs and rats. There were cheap groceries on every corner, which sold immense amounts of beer and liquor to both men and women (women weren’t allowed in saloons). The area was overrun with vicious gangs like the Dead Rabbits and Plug Uglies, who fought openly in the streets, ignored by police (who were often paid off). Prostitution was commonplace, with numerous “public houses,” some of which were seen as particularly scandalous for serving black patrons. Following the #CivilWar , the Five Points became one of the most crowded districts in the world #NYC#FivePoints#Chinatown#history#NYChistory#DiscoveringNYC
How can I appreciate my life?
I don’t have any special skills,but I had great experiences so far because I’m surrounded by family, friends, and good team.
Wherever I am, it will be never changed. Sometimes I still can not believe that this is my life. This is exactly my dream. When I was a child, I dreamed that I worked in many countries with fun and shared times with my specials. It’s not easy in real, but now I do. I can’t explain how much happy I am, and can’t appreciate all of my lovely people with my any words.