Harlem’s Mayme Hatcher Johnson (Audio)

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.

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

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

Frank Lucas, The Harlem Drug Lord Who Inspired American Gangster, Dies Aged 88

Frank Lucas, the former Harlem, New York drug kingpin whose life was the subject of the 2007 movie American Gangster, has died. Continue Reading →

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 →

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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