Dave, a great addition to gang research. Brings back memories of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn in the 1950s This is a welcomed addition to research materials on gangs in NYC. David has done a magnificent job in naming and identifying what is known about gangs particularly those of the 1950s.A must website foe any researcher studying this era in youth violence.
Hi David I'm very much enjoying your website, and look forward to returning to it regularly, as it is a fascinating subject. Its also very relevant to today here in the UK and Europe which has seen a growth in gangs because of circumstances which are not entirely dissimiliar to those of 1940's / 50's New York. Keep up the great work, there is very much an interested audience for your hard work and research. I'm looking forward to reading about the Mau Maus, The Chaplins and the Bishops, as well as all the others. Any photos of the gang members in their 'colours' would be fascinating. Your photos and maps of locations etc are also very interesting as they give non New Yorkers an understanding of how the streets and buildings actually looked like, ie. a physical context. All the best Karl
David, Excellent work. As you know I was a friend of Vinny Pardon, we went to Yankee games to together as kids. He did time for the killing of Michael Farmer at the Otisville Correctional Facility,in upstate NY. When I later became a police officer, my partner found him dead from an overdose on a rooftop in Harlem. When I finish my book on police work in NYC, I will ask you to sing it also, good luck to you. Bob
Great website David, Very fasinating time in our history
Jeremy Lin coulda been a great 50's gangster!
David Great hearing from you. I have often thought about the 50's. It was a fabulous era. Growing up in the East River Housing Projects was the most memorable. Remembering some of the greatest music that is still played today. A wardrobe that consisted of sneakers, Levis' and a T shirt. And in the winter a treasured leather motorcycle jacket.(you had to love Marlon Brando and James Dean) A building full of friends and people you knew by name. And than there were the gangs. Most of them fairly quiet a few with their share of crazies.. Kind of reminds me of the movie City Across The River. True, we had our share of tragedies. The 50's was my inspiration for writing the novel, Forever Brothers. (all proceeds to St Jude Childrens Hospital) I visited the old neighborhood a while back. I think Thomas Wolfe said it best, "You can never go home again" That may be so but how you can yearn. Maybe what Wolfe failed to realize is that some never really leave. Back to gangs. I knew some Red Wings, Fordam Baldies, Royals, Latin Gents, Golden G's, Italian Dukes and others I have long forgotten. Most all were just everyday guys belonging to their local click. And at times it could be a jungle with its share of animals. The younger generation may call it the dark ages because of its simplicity and they may be right. But still, it was the fabulous 50's.
Looks like an interesting website. Will be checking out more in depth.
Very interesting material. I have read some books on this time and find this information as a great historical review and study.
Yeah,I wuz around in dem daze,& knew many Gang members,but I wuz a`coolie'& nevah joined a(real)Gang,sure some of the gangs of today are more heavily armed than police!..but back then we respected their`turf' & any gang territories, I lived in Crown Heights,Brooklyn,home of several `fighting'gangs,& thru our`grapevine'Heard of some killings,& udda Crimes,ergo,earned a`fearful'respect of these gangs,& had a real street`education'growing up in gang infested`turf', & the gangs returned our respect,with a nod,wave,`low 5[handslap @ waist level]when in passing,or on line for a Rock & Roll/Rythm & Blues /Soul/show in downtown Brooklyn,or @ the Apollo in Harlem,thusly,I'm still here & have all my real teeth!..thanx,david..this is a `killah'site!
Memories of our youth, great research. I am sending some of my friends your site.
Very interesting info. Nice research. To see the evolution of the Gangs to what they became in later decades. WELL DONE!!!
Looks so interesting. Good luck with doing more research. I lived in NYC during the 50's, but wasn't in a gang, ha ha. Can't help you there. Carole
Well laid-out. Very informative.
excellent work. well done.
Great website. Tons of detail. Do you plan on adding more? **Tanya I do plan on adding more, keep the website under your favorite for updates David**
You have done an amazing job on this site - I can't wait to see more!
Great, great website! I have been looking for a site or any information source devoted to NYC fighting gangs for a long, long time. After reading the books, Run Baby Run and The Cross and the Switchblade in the 1970s, I became fascinated by this era in the NYC boroughs from the mid -1950s. I look forward to the expanded growth of this website with great anticipation. Hopefully, a wealth of information and photos from the fighting gang era will surface as a result.