What was New York like in 1888?

In New York City, immigrants often spent the day of rest enjoying the caf�s, clubs, and music halls that city law had recently allowed open on Sunday. The city was filled with immigrants and laborers, as factory work was especially appealing when the industrial revolution took hold.

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It should be mentioned that New York was FAR more violent than it is today. Large gangs of immigrants roved the streets of the waterfront and five points sections murdering and robbing any ritch person who dared cross their path. Prostitution as well as gambling abouded, and houses for these catered to both extremeley poor and extremeley ritch clientelle. The police faught gangs on a normal basis, riots occurred frequently- some of which requiring the national guard and in one instance in 65' the union army to suppress.