Dating south bend reels
Mulberry Bend in the Five Points neighborhood (Jacob Riis, c. The tenements on the left were razed to create Mulberry Bend Park (now Columbus Park).The two tenements visible on right, 46 Mulberry Street ( At Five Points' "height", only certain areas of London's East End vied with it in the western world for population density, disease, infant and child mortality, unemployment, prostitution, violent crime, and other classic ills of the urban destitute.
The topography of the area that would become Five Points helped turn the neighborhood from middle class homes built upon reclaimed land to a sprawling, disease-ridden slum.The valley was split by a hill the Dutch called Kalk Hoek (Dutch for Chalk Corner), named for the numerous oyster-shell middens left by original inhabitants.The elevation rose in the south, with Pot Bakers Hill dominating the south-southwestern shore."Almack's" (also known as "Pete Williams's Place"), an African-owned dance hall located at 67 Orange Street in Mulberry Bend (today Baxter Street), just south of its intersection with Bayard Street, was home to a fusion of Irish reels and jigs with the African shuffle.Though this had happened in other parts of the United States in which different ethnic groups merged, this music and dance had spontaneously developed on the street from competition between African and Irish musicians and dancers, spilling into Almack's, where it gave rise in the short term to tap dance (see Master Juba) and in the long term to a music hall genre that was a major precursor to jazz and rock and roll. What place is this, to which the squalid street conducts us?
Five Points is alleged to have sustained the highest murder rate of any slum in the world.