Five Points: New York, NY

Five Points, New York is named for the points created by the intersection of Park, Worth, and Baxter streets. The neighborhood was known as a center of vice and debauchery throughout the nineteenth century. Today it is the site of the Foley Square U.S. Courthouse constructed by GSA.

Archeological investigations on the site of the Foley Square U.S. Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street were undertaken by GSA in fulfillment of its obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act and related federal legislation. The work evolved from the findings of the cultural resources survey prepared as part of the environmental impact statement by the firm of Edwards and Kelcey Engineers, Inc. (E&K). Initial fieldwork was carried out by Historic Conservation and Interpretation, Inc. (HCI) working as a subcontractor to E&K. In July 1991, John Milner Associates, Inc. (JMA) succeeded HCI in completion of the fieldwork. JMA continued with the analysis and interpretation of data recovered from the site.

The artifacts presented in this website are a small sample of the artifacts excavated from the Five Points site. The text and images were adapted from an actual exhibition of Five Points material which was developed for GSA by JMA in cooperation with the design firm Donovan and Green. Funding for this exhibit was provided by GSA.

Last Reviewed: 2017-11-24