Episode 1: Banished to Blackwell Island

In last night's episode, young Annie Reilly tells Detective Kevin Corcoran that she was threatened with being sent to Blackwell's Island. And she was right to be scared: Located in the East River, Blackwell's Island was where New York City had its penitentiary and workhouse.

GOTHAMIST: Fabulous Fashions Of 19th Century NYC Revisited In ‘Copper’

From our partners at Gothamist: While nailing 19th century conventions and language are critical to replicating life in 1860s New York City, the new BBC America crime drama "Copper" has another edge: Clothes painstakingly hand-tailored and sewn from only fabrics available at the time. Costume designer Delphine White led the design and production of "600 dresses, frock coats and union suits" for the show. But it's not all meticulous reproduction and corsets—find out what Mick Jagger and Robert Mapplethorpe have to do with the show's costumes.

GOTHAMIST: NYC’s Deadliest Riot Happened Nearly 150 Years Ago

From our partners at Gothamist: In the midst of the Civil War, Congress passed a law to draft men to fight in the conflict. While the wealthy could pay $300 to hire a substitute to fight instead, New York's Irish working class, many of them already worried about competition from black laborers, was left to face the prospect of going into the battle. And then tensions boiled over into what ultimately became New York City's deadliest clash.