"The Ward is reported by the police to be as orderly as any in the city.
The German is peculiar. Unlike his Irish and Yankee cousins, he does not make a great noise and hurrah over his cups, and wind up with a street brawl. He gathers unto himself a few kindred spirits, and together they wend their way to the Trink-Halle, where, in a little back room, with closed doors and drawn curtains, they guzzle beer together till none of them can see. In the morning they come out with queer-looking eyes, but there has been no disturbance in the place.
Said a clergyman to your reporter, “I came into the ward expecting to find nothing but filth and vice. But I could take you into hundreds of homes where you would find ease and comfort and even culture."
346 Saloons, 19 Churches, 5 industrial schools & 1 hospital. The Lower East Side is more drunken & rowdy than it was in 1885? Now that's a surprise :D