Vietnamese restaurants and bail bonds just might be the two most prevalent businesses on Baxter, at least on the stretch south of Canal. The former is due to the large influx of Vietnamese immigrants that arrived in Chinatown throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, many of them of joint Chinese and Vietnamese heritage. The latter is due to the Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed “the Tombs,” that runs along Baxter at 125 White Street. In centuries past, Baxter was the main street that formed the “Five Points” slum area (fictionalized in the movie "Gangs of New York"). During the 1800s, the street was the home turf of a gang called the Baxter Street Dudes.

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