Before you get to the article…
On February 23, 2018, my book on the Mau Maus and Sand Street Angels, who were two Brooklyn youth gangs from the 1950s, has been completed. It took 15 years of research and writing to complete Brooklyn Rumble: Mau Maus, Sand Street Angels, and the End of an Era. This book is roughly 6″x9″ and has 370 pages and includes a look at the characters in the Mau Maus and the details of a gang killing that happened in February 1959 in front of the iconic Brooklyn Paramount Theater (now Long Island University). If you want to buy a copy, click here and this link will take you to an online ordering page.
I always find it interesting to see buildings from the 1950s, especially those places where former gang members and their victims lived. It is surprising to see how many pictures of New York City are out there in general, regardless of the time period.
So I found out where Salvador Agron lived in the 1950s before the infamous killings of Anthony Krzesinski and Robert Young Jr. At the time of the killings Sal lived in halfway houses in Manhattan, but before that he lived in the Navy Yard part of Brooklyn on Hudson Ave. He lived at 75 Hudson Ave which wasn’t too far from Fort Greene where he hung out with the infamous Mau Maus, a Puerto Rican gang that made headlines of it’s own in February 1959 when 5 Mau Maus shot and killed a Sand Street Angel near the famous Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. Read more about that here.
The building at 75 Hudson Ave is still there as you can see in the photo below. I bet this building is pretty much the same as the mid to late 1950s when Sal lived in it. When I looked at a tax photo in the 1980s it looked the same except the brick wasn’t painted.
In 1959 Sal moved to Manhattan and became a member of the Vampires gang and in August 1959 stabbed and killed Young and Krzesinski, two innocent boys who had no gang affiliations and whose only crime was hanging out in a Hell’s Kitchen park enjoying each other’s company after watching a movie. They lived at 313 West 47th Street and 330 West 47th Street respectively, here is what their buildings look like now in the 21st century:
Interestingly enough I have a picture taken the night after the murders took place of West 47th Street looking west. It is an interesting picture, a glimpse of a typical New York City neighborhood, a snapshot in time. This picture is taken right outside of Krzesinski’s home, to the left is the park where the killings took place: