“Gangsters, Murderers and Weirdos of the Lower East Side,” by Eric Ferrara is a grand tour of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, starting with the chapter, “Worth Street to Canal Street” and ending with “East Houston to 14th Street.”
Ferrrera takes you on a block-by-block tour of the Lower East Side, with the exact addresses of where some truly horrible things happened to some mostly despicable people. He starts off in the time period where the first street gang in New York City, a bunch of head-cracking Irishmen deftly named the Dead Rabbits, controlled the slummed streets of the Five Points Area right before the Civil War. The Five Points area was populated with people so poor and filthy, the city had to come in frequently to disinfect the streets and buildings with intense chemicals.
We also meet such surly individuals like Chinese Tong Leader Mock Duck, who terrorized … Read More