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Walking Tour W/Bill: Five Points, Chinatown

Walking tour of Irish "Five Points", Chinatown and Little Italy
By GNPS Member Bill Kahn

TOUR DESCRIPTION: This tour looks at the different historic waves of immigrants that shaped both Chinatown and New York City.

Starting on Canal Street, we head south to the “Five Points”. There, we will discuss the mid- 1800s immigration of the Irish and the “Gangs of New York” (both real and in film). In Little Italy, we will investigate what remains of the Italian immigration in the late 1800s.

Then we will visit the food stalls of market Street, lively Chatham Square, and mah jong players in Columbus Park, all reflecting the two different waves of Chinese immigration.

After the tour, we will enjoy a traditional dim sum meal at an “old school” Chinatown restaurant.

BEFORE THE TOUR: After you register, you will receive an email from Bill Kahn ( that contains YouTube links to scenes from the movie, “Gangs of New York.” Seeing these film clips before your tour will enrich your tour experience. The email also describes the route and distance covered, timing of the tour and lunch, contact information and some history resources.

Please note the 9:30am meet up time

Wednesday, August 07, 2019, 9:30 AM
Exact meeting place in confirmation email. 9th St/7th Ave

William Kahn
Walking Tour/Day Trip
Registration is required
Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and dress for the weather. Please bring cash to pay for your lunch. You may want to see Martin Scorsese's movie Gangs of New York in advance, though this is certainly not required

This event is free and members will pay for their own lunch.
Cancellation Policy:
Please respect your host, as well as the other GNPS members who have registered and on the wait list, by giving sufficient advance notice if your plans change and you cannot attend.
Thank you.
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