What do artifacts tell us about everyday life?

Picture of Marketing at Five points, circa in 1850
Picture of the Corner of Pearl and Chatham Streets in 1861

Five Points was always a mixed residential, commercial, and industrial district. Along Chatham Street (now Park Row) retail shops flourished.

Signs advertised shoes, children's clothing, furniture, restaurants, and jewelry. An oyster house stood at 110 Picture of Five Points, circa in 1875 Chatham in 1855. Behind it the archaeologists found piles of oyster shells and the foundations of an ice house( Feature AM). Picture of A Five Points oyster cellar The feature was filled with the usual domestic refuse, but the large number of recovered glass tumblers suggested that a substantial amount of drinking took place on the premises.

Picture of a stone-lined ice house with board floor











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