OUT PROFESSIONALS CONTINUES ITS POPULAR SERIES OF AFTERNOON ADVENTURES WITH ‘HISTORIC FIVE POINTS,’ SCENE OF SCORSESE’S ‘GANGS OF NEW YORK.’
On Saturday, May 3, Out Professionals invites you to tour Five Points, where filmmaker Martin Scorsese set his brutal epic of mid-19th-century Manhattan, “Gangs of New York.” After an insider’s tour of this once-notorious neighborhood, you’re welcome to unwind among new friends at Forlini’s, an Italian classic familiar to audiences of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Just east of today’s City Hall and Municipal Building and home to the immigrant working class, Five Points was a disease-ridden hotbed of violence, gang wars, poverty and corruption. Our tour evokes such scenes of notoriety as Paradise Square, Cow Bay, Bottle Alley, and gangs with such names as the Roach Guards, the Plug Uglies and the Dead Rabbits.
Highlights of our tour include:
• The originals of characters created on screen by Leonardo DiCaprio (Amsterdam), Daniel Day-Lewis (Bill the Butcher), Liam Neeson (Priest Vallon).
• The varied roles of celebrated visitors to Five Points: Davy Crockett, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln.
• Success story of the Five Points native Al Smith: Tammany Hall protege, state governor, presidential candidate.
• A visit to the oldest Jewish graveyard in North America.
• The only Roman Catholic church with a proud Anglican, Cuban, Irish, Italian, Chinese and Buddhist history.
THE SERIES CONTINUES. Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Our series continues on Saturday, June 14, with “Heiresses, Immigrants and Radicals: The Notorious Women of Washington Square,” expected to exert a special appeal to members and friends of OP.LYNX, our dynamic women’s network.
The neighborhood formerly known as Five Points is now split between the Civic Center on the west and south and Chinatown on the east and north. Five Points and Forlini’s are both convenient to Canal Street subway stations.
Tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. We meet at the northwest corner of Bayard Street and The Bowery, at Bank of America. Be sure to allow adequate walking time from subway to starting point. Open-ended mixer begins about 4 p.m. at Forlini’s (93 Baxter Street, between Canal and Bayard Streets); refreshments on your own.
IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!
A one-year individual Out Professionals Membership (new or renewal) PLUS free admission for one to the Historic Five Points Walking Tour and Mixer is yours for just $75. And remember, that buys you a year’s worth of low-cost or no-cost networking and socializing. Order here.