Virtual Walks in New York City

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​Michelle Nevius Tours

The neighborhood of Herbert Asbury’s (and Martin Scorsese's) Gangs of New Yorkand Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives was known as New York's most notorious slum at the time of the Civil War. But was it even really a slum?


On this tour we will see where Paradise Square and the Five Points once stood. Beginning in the last decade of the nineteenth century, the neighborhood was bulldozed, first to make way for a park, and then as the spot for many of the city's civic buildings. We talk about why Five Points no longer exists, while at the same time looking at those tenements that are still standing, including the city's oldest.


Learn about slavery and emancipation in New York, Irish immigration, the Draft Riots, and many other aspects of mid-Nineteenth century city life.

Featured on the tour: City Hall * Park Row, a.k.a. Newspaper Row * the African Burial Ground * Boss Tweed and the Tweed Courthouse * the remnants of Five Points * Mulberry Bend * Columbus Park * Jacob Riis's "Bandit's Roost" * the Church of the Transfiguration * New York's oldest tenement building and other typical dwellings * the heart of modern Chinatown * Old St. Patrick's Cathedral * former police headquarters

Five points and

the gangs of New York

The old police headquarters

Tour pricing is based on the size of your group, the length of the presentation, and (to some extent) the technical demands of the presentation. Small group presentations begin at $150; please contact us with information about your needs and we'll quote you a price.


Stops included in each virtual tour are subject to change.