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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RIP Ghetto Brother Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez (Video)

Ghetto Brothers leader Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez, who famously brokered a gang truce between Bronx and Harlem in 1971, has passed away at the age of 65, according to his wife Wanda Melendez and author Amir Said. Continue Reading →