Associate Life

Aaron Thompson

The Five Points

November 15, 2012 12:19 PM | Permalink | Print

During undergrad, I learned about an area of New York City called the Five Points. The Five Points was a neighborhood on the lower east side of Manhattan that was infamous for its impoverished immigrants and their poor living conditions. You may recognize the Five Points from the Scorsese film “The Gangs of New York.”

I recently visited the grounds on which the Five Points used to sit. Instead of the five road intersection that provided the area its name, there now sits a park at the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown. A friend and I ate at a local, touristy, Chinese restaurant and had some questionably authentic fried rice and Kung Pao chicken. This was my first time actually visiting the Five Points, and I was unreasonably excited to fulfill the desires of my inner history geek.

This trip to the Five Points was a pleasant benefit of traveling to New York for WilmerHale’s Contested Matters training. This training, which is for all new litigation/controversy attorneys, provides new associates the opportunity to travel to a variety of offices to learn about the firm and how to be a successful junior associate. In this particular case, I took advantage of the weekend before the training and arrived early to explore what used to be the most dangerous place in America. Both the training and the historical field trip turned out to be an excellent way to spend a few days.

This is my final blog post. Thank you for reading and best of luck in your career search!