The legendary Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915, and moved to New York City in 1938, where she found work as a waitress at a club owned by singer and actress Ethel Waters.
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 →
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.
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 →