Upcoming Movie About Harlem’s Queen Of The Numbers Game

Jezebel writes that there’s an HBO Films project in the works dedicated to the life of Stephanie St. Clair, the legendary Harlem numbers runner. Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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A Gangster Guns Down A Little Boy In Harlem, 1931

londonchemistsvincentcollOn the evening of July 28, 1931, five-year-old Michael Vengalli was playing with a group of friends on East 107th Street in Harlem’s Little Italy. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson

640px-BumpyJohnsonAlcatrazPrisonCroppedEllsworth Raymond Johnson (October 31, 1905 – July 7, 1968) — known as “Bumpy” Johnson — was an American mob boss and bookmaker in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Continue Reading →