A view of a fight between two gangs, the "Dead Rabbits" and the "Bowery Boys" in the Sixth Ward, New York City
The Bowery Boys were a nativist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Irishgang based north of the Five Points district of New York City in the mid-19th century. They were primarily stationed in the Bowery section of Manhattan, which, at the time, extended north of the Five Points. It was said that the gang was so popular during its time that many of the lesser gangs of the Bowery followed it in its various fights with the Dead Rabbits. The Bowery Boys were the inspiration for the "Natives" group that fought the Dead Rabbits in the film Gangs of New York. The leader of the group was William Poole, also known as "Bill the Butcher". In the film, the leader of the Natives is Bill "The Butcher" Cutting.