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Old 06-20-05, 11:28 AM
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Gangs of New York question

This is one of my favorite movies that I recently rewatched, but I have a question regarding location.

Where exactly was the 'Five Points' and 'Paradise Square' located? They mention streets like Mott and Bleeker which would indicate lower Manhatten.
But then in the ending scene they show a graveyard (where Priest Vallon and Bill Cuttings are buried) with an across the water view of lower Manhatten that looks to be in Brooklyn.

So where was all this supposed to take place?
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BACKGROUND ON FIVE POINTS: The most wretched of New York City's slums in the 1800's was an area called Five Points, named for the five points created by the intersection of Anthony (now Worth), Orange (now Baxter), and Cross (now Park) Streets. The area formed a "truncated triangle about one mile square" and was "bounded by Canal Street, the Bowery, Chatham" (now Park Row), "Pearl, and Centre Streets."1 Paradise Square, a small triangular park, was located between Anthony (now Worth) and Cross (now Park) Streets and converged into Orange Street (now Baxter). These slums no longer exist, having been replaced by city, state, and federal courthouses and the area known as Chinatown.

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