Why Was There So Much Commotion in Nineteenth-Century NYC Every May 1?

May Day evokes images of flowers and maypoles elsewhere in the Western world, but for nineteenth-century New Yorkers it was a horror of disorder, price gouging and panic. May 1 was Moving or Rent Day, when leases expired and thousands of tenants simultaneously changed abodes, their belongings jostled in the clogged streets by reckless cart men charging extortionate rates. 

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