National Geographic News: Gangs of New York

Photo Gallery: Gangs of New York--Riis Photograph
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Around 1888, men gather in an alley called Bandits Roost in Manhattans Five Points neighborhood, the setting of the movie Gangs of New York. This and other Jacob Riis photographs inspired the city to raze the notorious Mulberry Bend block—and Bandits Roost with it.

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Photograph by Jacob Riis from Bettmann/CORBIS
 
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