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#1 2004-07-18 17:24:16

_marty
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Street Gangs - late 50's

Anyone have info on the street gangs that were popular from the late 50's?

 

#2 2005-02-03 10:55:53

_mr.mc.bubbles
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

No

YesI have Information.  <img src="images/smile.gif">

 

#3 2005-05-28 01:09:47

_johnny
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

brooklyn gangs

IN THE BUSHWICK AREA THERE WERE MANY GANGS.ILL BEGIN WITH MY GANG THE HALSEY BOPS,THE ELERY BOPS,THE BISHOPS ,THEN IN OTHER AREAS THE STOMPERS THE BALDIES ROCKAWAY/FULTON AND MANY MORE.I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU.

 

#4 2005-06-28 16:27:33

_thomas
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

gangs

I believe the Rockaway-Fulton gang was the gang that John Gotti started out with. Can anyone confirm this or add information?

 

#5 2005-07-26 08:26:22

_donniefiore
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Halsey Bops

   I would love for anyone from the Halsey
Bop Era of 1958 to 1965 to get in touch.


e-mail  Dominick_Fiore@mcvsd.org
Home phone  1-732-363-2113
Cell phone 1-732-688-6916


 

 

#6 2005-08-05 22:11:12

_hirpm
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Halsey Bops LAMF

I knew a bunch of those guys in '60. '61 and '62. Bosco, Magoo, Poma, Bangshot, and everyone on Knickerbocker and Halsey st. Went to all the St. Martins dances. Hung out with the Rebels on Wycoff and always had to put up with the Saints coming down further and the Stompers coming up further the last year I was there in '62

 

#7 2005-08-25 16:48:57

_moon
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Old Brooklyn gang's

Brooklyn gang's like Fountain and Pitkin,Highland park,Liberty Park all old gangs early 60's

 

#8 2005-08-25 16:53:02

_moon
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

re Thomas

I think you are right saying John Gotti was a member of Rockaway and Fulton.That was the neighborhood close to Brownville or in East New York.A very big gang at the time a little before my time.

 

#9 2005-08-25 23:53:16

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

HALSEY BOPS LAMF

Donnie Fiore was my great friend and still is. He lives near me in central New Jersey. I knew him since grammar school at St. Martin of Tours. I got him in the H.B gang.No one messed with us. We ruled Halsey and Putnam parks. I don't know most of the names on the website. How about Al Tausma, Bobby Leonard,Gino La Grecca,T. Guthrie,etc. My e-mail address is gfehr@brookdalecc.edu Tel# 732-224-2210

 

#10 2005-08-28 10:40:02

_whiterim@fuse.net
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Halsey Bops

I grew up on the Brooklyn-Queens border. In 1960 I hung with the Junior Saints in order to get some revenge against the Ellery Bops for a raid they pulled against me and 3 other friends (15 of them kicked the crap out of one of my friend). I spent the summer of 1960 fighting against the Halsey Bops who were allies with the Ellery Bops. It was a summer of running and very little fighting. Although one summer evening, when we heard that the Halsey Bops were going to raid our neighborhood, and use the local railroad tracks as their path to our playground, we set up an ambush with zip guns and a rifle. I ended up going out of town that night, and the cops raided the Saints before the gang fight could begin. Never-the-less, had the Halsey Bops come that night and there were no cops, things could have gotten quite messy.

 

#11 2005-08-28 12:27:08

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

whiterim@fuse.net

The time frame you talk about was when the Halsey Bops who made the big reputation as being bad were inactive do the drug culture that had taken over. In my opinion approx. 1960-61 was the end of an era of rule.

 

#12 2005-08-28 20:54:03

_hirpm
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Halsey, Rockaway & Fulton

In the summer of '61 Rockaway & Fulton came down on Halsey at a church bazaar on Covert and Central. They came down in Duece and a half trucks and kicked everyone's ass. I have heard Gotti was in the first truck. I hung out with the Rebels from St. Martins and we all got along with Halsey. We hung out at the same ice cream parlor on Knickerbocker and Halsey, I can't remember the name. They were all good times but so close to the end as a previous poster has said. I was 16 and we were all tough little guys back then, and I think it helped us in our later lives not to take any crap! There is an old book titled "The Block Busters" that really tells the story of what happened in our neighborhood during that time.

 

#13 2005-08-29 08:03:05

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Hirpm

It did not happen that way.Probably in 1959 at the 14 Holy Martyrs Bazaar the corsair lords came in groups of 2.I was there with a few HB along with R&F(not together). There eventually were well over 100 Corsair Lords. R&F called and truckloads of guys showed up.The lords ran down central ave. & back to Bed Sty.Along the way the real old H.B. came out of their clubs and were kicking ass on the Lords real bad and R&F was chasing them from the other direction.

 

#14 2005-08-29 08:16:44

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Communication

Why don't you guys use your names instead of hirpm,etc.-the statute of limitations is up.Most of the stories that have been written sound more like rumors rather than facts.I was there I know. Another point on tv it says John Gotti was an R&F gang member, I knew quite a few of them and I never heard of J.Gotti.Some R&f started hanging out with us.One of the big names was Buffalino(known as Buffy). Geppy Marchese became a good friend of mine.

 

#15 2005-09-08 21:45:12

_whiterim@fuse.net
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Halsey Bobs - Saints

I'm only familiar with the Halsey Bops (Halsey Tots)and Saints (Senior and Junior). I remember that two baddest Halsey Bops were the Hanf brothers. Joey Gerraputo also had a reputation but I remeber him getting his clock cleaned by John Hun.

 

#16 2005-09-10 00:14:28

_hirpm
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

First Hand Knowledge

Sounds like Georgie Fehr has first hand knowledge of that night at 14 Holy Martyrs. It was in '59 because now I remember I was 14 and a senior at Halsey JHS. I was home that night and told my older sister not to go to the bazaar. She and her friend got jumped but not hurt, just scared. At PS 85 we always heard the baldies were coming but they never showed up. Hey Georgie, I would use my real name, but out of respect for my parole officer, and at the advice of my legal council, I will not put my real name on the internet and choose to stick with a screen name of HIRPM. '61 was the last year of rule fot the Bops because in mid '62 the Stompers and Saints were all over Wilson and Knickerbocker. It was no fun after that.

 

#17 2005-09-10 10:22:29

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

hirpm

You have the gang names wrong. The Saints were from Glendale/Ridgewood. The gang you are talking about was the Flaming Satans, this was a Puerto Rican gang from Evergreen Ave. They weren't bad it was just that there was no halsey bops left to fight them except a few halsey tots(what a weird name). I think this is what your talking about!!!!!

 

#18 2005-09-11 20:34:39

_hirpm
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

The Saints On Knickerbocker

I knew two brothers from Evergreen named Izzy and Iggy. We used to play stickball with them. They were in the Flaming Satans. I know the Saints because me and two friends got jumped on our way up to Myrtle Avenue one night. We got away and they followed us all the way down to Knickerbocker and Halsey street. We ran to Pop's pool hall on Eldert near Knickerbocker to try to find some Halsey seniors. No one was around and they all got away. Two weeks later a friend got his throat slashed on the corner of Weirfield and Hancock. He survived as the wound was not deep. The Stompers got me good on Wilson near Halsey a month later. all this was in the fall of '61. By the spring of '62 all my friends had moved away and we did too. Four years later when I got out of the military and back to the states I went to see the last friend left in the neighborhood. She lived in the 200 block of Covert near Wilson. The cab driver didn;t want to let me out. It was bad news. 

 

#19 2005-09-12 21:07:29

_georgiefehr
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Flaming Satans

In 61/62 there were no Hasey Bops Seniors left to defend the neighborhood. We hung out in Pops pool room particularly in the winter. Pops son Charlie had just got out of prison and he wanted no trouble. Some of the Satans were Mr Willey, Dino,little Dice and I can't remember the name of the President,but he was an okay guy. The remainder of the Halsey Bop seniors were in various other places and that is another big story much too complex to discuss here. Ever here of the fascinators do wop group(chapel bells)?Angelo La Grecca, Ace the Bop, Tony Pasalaqua, Eddie Wheller and Nick Travatta all sang in the group. I was friends with Angelo(Sunny). He had 2 brothers-Gino & Tookie. Enough for now. I could write a book on all this.

 

#20 2005-09-14 00:18:29

_robso1890
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

brooklyn gangs

In 58, 59, 60, 61, there were Brooklyn gangs in the areas of Bushwick Ave, and Seigel St, Moore St, Graham Ave, South Williamsburgh, East Williamsburgh known as the El Quintos, The Royal Counts, The Jesters, The Black Diamonds, The Ellery Bops ( Barlet St ), The Phantom Lords, The Warlords, Young Horsemen, Young Quintos, The Bushwick Boys,and many others. There were also gangs in Bed/Sty, The Marcy Chaplains, The Buccaneers, The Bishops, The young Demons,and many others.... All tough clubs. I was " Little Beaver,or Bebop " and, I was an EL Quinto. If anyone remembers me, I'd like to here from you.

 

#21 2005-11-04 19:14:57

_irish
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

halsey bops/hancock st

Wow, did I just take a trip down memory lane reading this thread on street gangs.  I lived on hancock near Knickerbocker and all the boys (Bops) hung out on the corner smoking and looking cool.  Of course, I was a young girl of 13 or 14 at the time and at the end of the cycle of Bops.  St. Martin of Tours was the grammer school and it was around 1965/66 that there was a big dance.  I was supposed to go with my friends but for some reason last minute didn't.  There was a HUGE brawl that night with a Spanish gang and I remember the guys who lived in my building was beat up so bad he had a plate put in his head after the fight.  It was around that time, late 60s that the neighborhood started to change and the fights became more intense I think (from the neighborhood talk).  Drugs were starting to take hold and a safe neighborhood started to go down hill.  As a young girl, I kind felt safe with the boys on the corner (innocent of me I suppose) cause I thought if anyone ever bothered me I could seek their help.  I remember names like Coffee, Bruno brothers, Honzi.
I moved out of the neighborhood in 66 - that church fight was a really big item at the time and caused alot of stress in the neighborhood.  I think some of them might still be in Ridgewood...

 

#22 2005-11-25 18:45:53

_one2bornot
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Street Gangs- Late 50's

WOW! Although I was never in a gang during my childhood days coming up in Brooklyn (I was a "coolie") reading the replies here certainly DO bring back memories.
Having lived in "Bed-Stuy," (Macon & Marcy) I was aware of the many gangs. It's surprising that the "Chaplains" were not mentioned more, unless, of course, most of the contributors here are mostly Caucasian. I think (during my time...I'm 62) Chaplains were the largest gang. The "Quintos," the Bishops, the Jolly Stompers," and of course the Fordham Baldys in the Bronx.
Martain Scorcese's movie was good "entertainment," but the gangs mentioned here, on this thread, are the "REAL" gangs of New York.

one2bornot@aol.com

 

#23 2005-11-27 19:24:02

_hirpm
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

Chaplins/Stompers/Pitkin

I remember hearing a lot about the Chaplins but the Stompers were my problem when taking the bus south from Bushwick to Pitkin Ave to shop for clothes. My mother worked at A&S and always asked why I didn't come to the store more often. If that bus ever broke down my A was G.

The Chaplins were only a legend in my neigborhood as were the Baldies. We never saw them but always heard they were coming. Have you seen the movie "The Warriors"? It is entertaining and touches on a litle of my life in Brooklyn.

 

#24 2005-12-12 06:25:46

_flow
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

bushwick gangs

bushwick niggaz are crazy
just ask anyone in brooklyn, enough said
Darkside Bushwick all day

 

#25 2005-12-16 19:10:49

_robbiedupree
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Re: Street Gangs - late 50's

fountain and pitkin

I ran with F&P back in 61-63  we used shools like P.S 214
and E,N.Y. vocational playground for our
social scene. Guys like Paulie G., Speedo, were friends.
Highland  park guys like Bobby Bear,  and Tony Cappanano,
Lenny Lye. Anyone remember ? It's a long time ago but it still
lives in my memory...

 

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