Five Points

The page, http://www.vintag.es/2015/11/rarely-seen-autochrome-photos-of-new.html , claims to display

Rarely Seen Autochrome Photos of New York in the Early 20th Century .

The images themselves span 18 years, from the earliest one dated with the year 1900, to the last, a photo of buildings with banners and signs exhorting the public to buy war bonds, with the date given as 1918. Not all of them are from New York City, several are attributed to places in Upstate New York. Though they are lovely to look at, and a few provide a glimpse of what everyday life for everyday people looked like in the thick of NYC, some people who have written into the comments section have revealed that the provenance of the images is not in all cases what the site represented them to be: some are not genuine Autochrome images at all, but colorized photos or lantern slides, and the one of two men playing chess was reportedly taken in Germany, not New York. Here are the comments, correcting some of the attributions of the images:

Some of these are not original autochromes but colorised black and white photos, e.g. the couple in Saratoga Springs, which is a detail from a colorisation by Sanna Dullaway: http://sannadullaway.com/0r…


A number of critical errors. Image #1 (from the top down) is not an autochrome. Images #2 & 3 are autochromes by Charles Zoller (Rochester, NY). Image #4 is not an autochrome. Image #5 ( Foolish House) is an autochrome by Zoller. Images 6, 7, 8, & 9 are not autochromes. Image #10 (rooftops) is an autochrome in the collection of Wm. B. Becker and should be credited to him. Images 11, 12, 13, & 14 are by Zoller. All the Zoller autochromes are owned by the George Eastman Museum and should be credited to them. Image # 15 (chess players) is probably by Alfred Stieglitz or possibly by Edward Steichen and was taken in Germany. The last image (war bond rally) is an autochrome by J. D. Willis from the collection of Mark Jacobs.
Nearly all the non-autochrome images identified in this post are actually black & white lantern slides that have been digitally colored


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    Right! 6-7-8-9 are not color photographs at all, but Photochrom prints made from black and white negatives. You can see the originals online at the Library of Congress — the process is explained here: http://www.loc.gov/pictures…

    And if you’re interested in real Autochromes, including the rare New York rooftops image (#10 above), see the original postings online at the American Museum of Photography: http://photographymuseum.co…




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From the e-mail newsletter of Live-In Theater Interactive Experiences New York:

April is here, and we have a gift for you. Not only will you get three different murder mystery adventures, each with an open bar, but you’ll get a 20% discount. At checkout, just enter the promo code 20SPRING after you enter your name and email address.
Go get ’em, detective.
Some of their productions:
Two siblings dead, and the air rife with foul play. Travel back to the seedy underbelly of Five Points and seek out justice in this Live In Theater classic.

The Lombardi Case: 1975

A high profile murder in a drug riddled squat in the Lower East Side. Watch out for your friends as you navigate a world of sex, drugs, and violence.

Fierce & Deadly: 1988

Inspired by actual events. A party, a memorial, and a mystery. Guests will join a marginalized community as they celebrate the life of one of their fallen sisters.

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From The New York Adventure Club e-newsletter:

Crime In NYC: A History Of Vice And Murder (Sat)
Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.” These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard.
$15-25. Corner of Centre & Chambers Sts . Ticketed event through the New York Adventure Club.…

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Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”

These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these people to a life of crime? This is the story of a broken and corrupt system and the clever individuals smart enough to exploit it.

On this walking tour, we’ll explore Lower Manhattan where we’ll discuss the evolution of orphan street gangs into the mafia, con men and bank robbers so rich they rubbed elbows with the Vanderbilts, gun fights that would make the Wild West blush and the politicians that encouraged it. We’ll visit the old Five Points District, Chinatown, the Bowery and of course the Lower East Side. Let us show you how New York’s crime history began.

ticketed event: Sat Aug. 13th 11am-1pm ticket prices: $15.00-$25.00

Corner of Centre & Chambers Sts

Centre Street and Chambers Street
New York, NY

Electronic ticketing though Big Maven

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As Copper: Season One, Copper constitutes a look back at the state of New York City during the Civil War periods. While a superficial look would initially give the impression that the police force of NYC of the time is corrupt to the core, when an opening scene shows uniformed policemen pursuing bank robbers only to stuff their pockets with some of the cash themselves; they are hardly alone in this: corruption pervades all levels of society, from the vote-buyers who pack ballot boxes for “Boss” Tweed to the peddlers of patent medicines. The then-primitive police force do have an outstanding virtue, they do their best to keep a lid on violent crimes and to find out the truth behind complicated situations, and they recognize that sometimes justice for the parties involved is not necessarily the same as adherence to the letter of the law.
New York City, and particularly Five Points, the slum area where the police station is located, and in which much of the action is centered, is rife with unsolved murders, openly operating whorehouses, and livestock walking the streets. In this more libertarian society, drugs such as morphine and tincture of opium which are now illegal (though unfortunately more available than they should be) are freely obtained over the counter in legitimate pharmacies. Metropolitan Police plainclothes detective “Corky”, Kevin Corocoran, through whose eyes we see the NYC of his time, takes morphine to ease the pain of the leg he lost in the war, and experiences hallucinations and vivid dreams while off-duty.
Though the show focuses on the largely white ethnic and particularly the Irish population of Five Points, the racial tensions of the time and place are portrayed, too, as black people play a role as well. One who is unjustly accused and suspected by NYC’s Metropolitan Police spends time in the Tombs but is released when they determine the real culprit, who has eluded them. Others fear a return of the lynchings which occurred during the Draft Riots and are still in recent memory. One man attached high hopes to his prospective immigration to Liberia. Perhaps thanks to the pervasiveness of the corruption, racial segregation has proved unenforceable in NYC, though a number of black people are seen to live in Five Points and similar slum areas, Dr. Matthew Freeman, who consults for Corcoran, and his wife Sara move far uptown from Five Points to a place called Carmansville, then a more rural and spacious community where Hamilton Heights is today.
Alas, a German Jew who runs a pawnshop in the area is the target of racial epithets and stereotyping, while little to nothing negative is said about the ethnic background of a Prussian Madam. (Maybe they figured a modern American audience wouldn’t know or care about Prussia, and that she was one who had gone very far from the mold).
Alas, since little of the old “Five Points” survives beyond some radically altered buildings and the street configurations, according to IMDb, Copper is filmed in Canada, and, to mimic the iconic ‘Five Points’ of New York, the show runners created an entire replica in an old car factory.

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