Are we all watching Copper on BBC America? No? Just me?
It can get a bit Law and Order: Five Points, but surely there are worse things? It’s less like Gangs of New York and more like Caleb Carr’s excellent novel The Alienist (just like The Secret History, I have a Google Alert set for ‘books like The Alienist’, and I’ve yet to be satisfied with any of the contenders), and for a basic cable television show the historical spectacle is kept to a delightful minimum.
Also, the website has an interactive Five Points map that is fun to play with! And they suggest you explore further through the Tenement Museum and the Lower East Side History Project, two organizations that carry the very hard to acquire monodialogue.tumblr.com seal of approval!