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Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York (2002)
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Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York (2002)

Discovery Channel

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This Discovery Channel production, timed with the release of Martin Scorcese’s movie, gives more than just a history of the real gangs of New York. It’s almost a history of New York City in the first half of the 1800s, when native gangs competed with gangs redintegrated from those of the Irish countryside. Some of the gang names may still be encountered. One gang was The Bowery Boys, only Leo Gorcey wasn’t among them. The term Plug Ugly is still in use. And the word “dead” in Dead Rabbits is supposedly derive from an Irish Gaelic, word meaning “great” but I was able to find no corroboration.
The episode lays out the reasons for the influx of the very poor into the neighborhood of Five Points, which was somewhere between Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Courthouse. A pond had been inefficiently drained to make room for clapboard housing (“Canal Street”) and it stank miserably. Several flats shared a single outdoor privy. The streets were filled with offal from slaughtered animals as well as horse manure and pigs

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Five Points Gang @ Wikipedia