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"This is the Narrows. The poorest of the poor. The hardest of the hard."
Harvey Bullock[src]

The Narrows is a neighborhood in Gotham City located on an island in the middle of the Gotham River. Within a week of the Wayne murders, the Gotham Chronicle reported an "alarming rise in criminal activity". A rise in poverty rates has been associated with the increased violence in The Narrows.[1]



The Narrows are known as an extremely poor and dangerous neighborhood, similar to a slum.  Plagued by violence and crime, the district serves as a denizen for some of Gotham's most vicious criminals.  Various gangs and mobsters have claimed dominion over the Narrows, but wars for supremacy are not uncommon.

In the Series

In order to help out Theo Galavan, Oswald Cobblepot had Butch Gilzean and Selina Kyle enlist the Pike family to rob a building owned by Wayne Enterprises. It was said that the Pike Brothers were the "Firebugs of the Narrows" and were associated with Fish Mooney.[2]

In order to raise money for an operation on his brain, Edward Nygma took Butch Gilzean (who has been transformed into Solomon Grundy) to a fight club owned by Cherry in order to sign him up for the fights. In addition, Leslie Thompkins was working at Cherry's as their doctor.[3]

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On the day Gotham City became a no man's land, Jim Gordon was captured by Edward Nygma, who took him to the Narrows headquarters and tried to kill him in an effort to free Lee Thompkins from her feelings. However, Lee showed up and managed to convince Nygma that she no longer has feelings for Jim, and Gordon is released after Lee promises to leave Gotham with Nygma. With the city in chaos later that day, Lee decided to remain in the city to help the people of The Narrows, breaking up with Nygma in the process. Their meeting turns violent, and they stab each other to death. At some point during the night, Penguin's henchmen found the bodies of Ed and Lee in the Narrows and took them to the Falcone Mansion so that Hugo Strange could revive them.[4]

No Man's Land

When General Wade initiated "Special Order 386", the Narrows island was one of the first locations in Gotham that was bombed by the military's helicopters.[5][6]

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  • The Narrows was introduced in the 2005 Christopher Nolan film Batman Begins as an island in the middle of Gotham River situated between Midtown and Downtown Gotham, which had a decaying and downtrodden neighborhood and had Arkham Asylum there. It "was lost" in the first film and converted into Arkham Asylum grounds in "Batman: Gotham Knight." Following this, it was carried over into the comics and other media projects.

Location of the Narrows

For a majority of the show's run, the exact location of the Narrows was never clearly stated. It was also never included on any of the city maps shown over the course of the seasons. Establishing shots for the Narrows used during Season 4 revealed that the Narrows island is located on one of the Gotham River's tributaries, which would either be Sprang River (between Midtown and Uptown) or Finger River (between Midtown and Downtown).

In the season 5 episode "They Did What?", it is shown that the Narrows could be seen from the main window of the Sirens nightclub. The Sirens is established as being located in the Coventry district in Gotham Midtown. In the episode "A Dark Knight: One Bad Day", it is shown that the Gotham Clock Tower in Downtown's Old Gotham could also be seen from the Sirens' main window, thereby establishing that the window faces the southern portion of the city.

Therefore, the Narrows island can only be located on the Finger River, situated between the Downtown island with the Clock Tower, and the Midtown island with the Sirens. In "A Dark Knight: One Bad Day", it was also shown that Wayne Enterprises could be seen from a window in Cherry's in the Narrows. Wayne Enterprises is located in Old Gotham, thereby also establishing that the Narrows island must be located on the Finger River.


  1. "Gotham Chronicle, Violence Spreads In The Narrows"
  2. Harper, Jordan (writer) & Eagles, Bill (director) (October 19, 2015). "Rise of the Villains: Scarification". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 5. FOX.
  3. Chun, Tze (writer) & White, Scott (director) (October 19, 2017) "A Dark Knight: The Blade's Path". Gotham. Season 4. Episode 5. FOX.
  4. Stephens, John & Boston, Seth (writer) & Hope, Nathan (director) (May 17, 2018) "A Dark Knight: No Man's Land" Gotham. Season 4. Episode 22.
  5. Stoteraux, James & Fiveash, Chad (writer) & Fink, Kenneth (director) (March 21, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: I Am Bane" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 10.
  6. Chun, Tze (writer) & Banker, Carol (director) (April 18, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: They Did What?" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 11.