5. Artifacts from the Original Five Points Neighborhood


In 1990-91, thousands of artifacts from the Five Points neighborhood were discovered in a dig. Except for seventeen pieces, the collection was destroyed on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center where they were stored. These lucky items happened to be in circulation at that time. Among the items on display are clay smoking pipes, a whiteware teacup, a miniature porcelain teacup, and glass marbles that date to 1820-40. These items are in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York, a gift from the U.S. General Services Administration. In the second gallery, World City, an artifact from 9/11 – a twisted World Trade Center sign – is on display.