While the Hoffmans ate on fancy
dishes, other citizens complained loudly about the industries that were polluting the nearby Collect Pond. In addition to the tanneries, slaughterhouses, breweries, ropewalks, and potteries contributed to making the neighborhood less than desirable. Despite these conditions, artisans continued to live here in order to be near their businesses. The Hoffman bakery (managed by a sequence of tenants) remained in business on Pearl Street well into the 1850s; the widow Hoffman lived on the property until circa 1830 when the Five Points had already achieved its notorious reputation.