Looking North at Allen St. x Delancey St.– July 5, 1907

Allen Street was known as a red light district plagued with crime and  overpopulation. As its peak, there were over 2,000 residents living  there in crowded tenements. “On September 17, 1903, a gun battle was  fought beneath the El tracks at Allen and Rivington Streets between  followers of Paul Kelly, leader of the Five Points Gang, and the rival  gang of Monk Eastman. At one point a hundred men joined the fray, with  police driven off by gunfire. Three men were killed and numerous  innocent civilians were injured.”

Have you been reading Smart Crew’s A-Z streets series, which chronicles the history of downtown crossroads? It’s great.

Looking North at Allen St. x Delancey St.– July 5, 1907

Allen Street was known as a red light district plagued with crime and overpopulation. As its peak, there were over 2,000 residents living there in crowded tenements. “On September 17, 1903, a gun battle was fought beneath the El tracks at Allen and Rivington Streets between followers of Paul Kelly, leader of the Five Points Gang, and the rival gang of Monk Eastman. At one point a hundred men joined the fray, with police driven off by gunfire. Three men were killed and numerous innocent civilians were injured.”

Have you been reading Smart Crew’s A-Z streets series, which chronicles the history of downtown crossroads? It’s great.