East Harlem’s Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello, 1891 – 1973

Frank “the Prime Minister” Costello, born Francesco Castiglia; January 26, 1891 – February 18, 1973, was an Italian-American Mafia gangster and crime boss. Continue Reading →

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Percy “Angel Face” Geary, Husband, Kidnapper, Extortioner Uses Harlem As Hideout

We posted a story last week regarding Daniel J. Wakin’s great book The Man With the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block, where mentions kidnapper, mail extortioner, gangster Percy Geary, who used 334 Riverside Drive in West Harlem, NY as a hideout.

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17 East Harlem Arrested For War With Rival Gang

NY Daily News reports that Manhattan prosecutors charged 17 members of an East Harlem gang with engaging a rival crew in a bloody war over for two years, the district attorney said Friday. Continue Reading →

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Gang Member Shot To Death Near Harlem Deli (Update)

Bullets erupted outside a Harlem bodega early Friday, killing a reputed gang member and wounding a bystander coming home from work, cops said. Continue Reading →

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RIP Ghetto Brother Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez (Video)

Ghetto Brothers leader Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez, who famously brokered a gang truce between Bronx and Harlem in 1971, has passed away at the age of 65, according to his wife Wanda Melendez and author Amir Said. Continue Reading →

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East Harlem’s Joseph “Tough Joey” Rao

Joseph “Tough Joey” Rao (pronounced “Ray-oh”), also known as Joey Rao and Joseph Cangro March 12, 1901 – May 10, 1962 was a New York mobster who was both a rival and an associate of mobster Dutch Schultz. Continue Reading →

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The Vincent “Mad Dog Coll” And Crew Arrested For The “Harlem Baby Murders,” 1931


On July 28, 1931, Summer in Harlem, New York has always been a fun time for children of all ages. School was out and the days were longer, which meant they could stay out and play longer.  Continue Reading →

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“Made In Harlem: Mr. Untouchable”, The Leroy “Nicky” Barnes Story In Harlem

The legendary Leroy “Nicky” Barnes ruled Harlem for the first half of the 1970s, rising from a common drug dealer to the leader of a criminal empire dubbed the Council, trading largely in heroin and cocaine, brokered through close ties with the Mafia. Continue Reading →

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116th Street Crew In “Little Italy” Harlem NY, 1890s –

The 116th Street crew, also known as the Uptown crew, is a powerful crew within the Genovese crime family. In the early 1960s, Anthony Salerno became one of the most powerful capos in the family. Continue Reading →

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Inwood Gang Bust ‘Kingpin’ Pleads Not Guilty, Held Without Bail

The 21 members of an Inwood Street gang arrested during an NYPD sting have pleaded not guilty and will be held pending bail hearings, which begin Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney. Continue Reading →

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Bloods Member Gunned Down Outside Harlem

crime-tape-in-harlemA Bloods member shot dead outside a Harlem restaurant Wednesday night may have been walking alongside his shooter moments before the fatal blast, police sources said. Continue Reading →

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Harlem Gangster ‘Bumpy’ Johnson’s Granddaughter “The Annie Oakley of Harlem,” Dead At 66

bumpy13n-1-webMargaret Johnson, the granddaughter of larger-than-life Harlem gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson who earned her own street stripes when she shot a mugger trying to rob her in her wheelchair, died Monday. She was 66. Continue Reading →

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Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Queen Of The Harlem Racket

Stephanie St. ClairStephanie St. Clair, 1886 – 1969, was a bookmaker in Harlem. Madam St. Clair was born of mixed French and African descent on Martinique.

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Rare Interview With Harlem’s Frank Lucas 2015 (Video)

frank-lucas-superflyFrank Lucas, born September 9, 1930, is a former heroin dealer and one of the leading drug Lords of the 20th century, who operated in Harlem, New York during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Continue Reading →

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Michael “Trigger Mike” Coppola, Harlem, NY 1904 – 1966

mike the trigger coppolaMichael “Trigger Mike” Coppola (1904 in New York – October 1, 1966) was a New York City mobster who became a caporegime of the 116th Street Crew, with the Genovese crime family. Continue Reading →

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Nicholas “Nick” Morello East Harlem, NY 1890-1916

Nicholas MorelloNicolò Terranova, 1890 – September 7, 1916, also known as Nicholas “Nick” Morello, was one of the first Italian-American organized crime figures who was part of the 107th Street Mob and lived in East Harlem. Continue Reading →

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Gang Members Arrested In East Harlem Raid

harlem gang1Thirty people were arrested in a major gang take down targeting East Harlem housing projects Tuesday morning. Continue Reading →

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Ignazio Lupo, Head Of The Leading Mafia Family From Harlem

fa-lupohatIgnazio Lupo (March 19, 1877 – January 13, 1947), also known as Ignazio Saietta and Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in Italian Harlem, New York City during the early 1900s. Continue Reading →

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Harlem Mobsters Kill Each Other Over Wife, NY 1931

harlem mobsters shoot each other over shotting wife

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Harlem has always had its share of gangdom, from Stephanie St. Clair aka Queenie or Madam QueenBumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas, Giuseppe “the Clutch Hand” MorelloGiosue “The King Of (Harlem’s) Little Italy” Gallucci and many, many more. Continue Reading →

The Story Of Guy Thomas Fisher, Harlem, New York, 1947 –

guy fisher in harlemGuy Thomas Fisher (Bronx born in 1947) Guy Fisher was born in 1947 in the South Bronx, New York, the eldest of five siblings. Continue Reading →

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