3. Hart’s Alley – The Five Points
This 1827 oil painting by George Carlin depicts the chaos and debauchery that largely characterized the state of the Five Points. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
The Five Points, infamous for being the site of the bloody Dead Rabbits Riot only a few years back, was uncharacteristically silent during most of the Draft Riots. One particular story, however, involves the former Hart’s Alley, in which a number of protestors became trapped at the alley’s dead end. Residents surrounding the alley, both black and white, poured hot starch on the rioters, driving them from the neighborhood. They did not return to the Five Points for the duration of the riots.