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New York’s Lower East Side is the birthplace of everything from organized crime to anarchist movements. In the nineteenth century, an influx of struggling immigrants seeking opportunity met the harsh realities of industrialization. Poverty and squalor fueled a vicious battle for power and political clout. Local historian Eric Ferrara reveals the wicked history of America’s most infamous neighborhood, where the abounding graffiti is a testament to the “soul and spirit of the slum.” Discover Five Points, once a “vortex of pigs, prostitutes, whiskey and despair.” Visit “the Tombs,” New York’s version of the Bastille and site of four notorious prisons. Explore Mulberry Street and the Bowery, battlegrounds in the turf war between the notorious Dead Rabbits and Bowery Boys gangs. Check out Little Italy, home of the notorious gangster rings La Cosa Nostra and the Black Hand.

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