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The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworldThe Gangs of New York has long been hand passed among its cult readership It is a tour through a now unrecognizable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled So thoroughly does Herbert Asbury embellish his facts in The Gangs of New York An Informal History of the Underworld that things just end up becoming a muddled farce particularly near the end of the book where the names Blanky the Blank is the general setup for these and the stories have piled up beyond all recognitionIt sounds fun than it actually is a 1920s journalist recounting New York's heady violent days in absurd exaggeration and abandon Prostitution drug abuse hyper violent nonsense the whole nine yardsAnd it is fun For a bitBut then things become a slog really and one gangster's colorful anecdote is indistinguishable from another's and Asbury's preposterous assertions detract from the pretty interesting without all the exaggeration anyway stories It's impossible to know these gangsters I suppose and humanizing them might be an exercise in futility but I really can't imagine that the world is as film noir y as Asbury might have us believe He touches briefly on the complex social and racial issues that influenced the gangsters' decisions to join this dark underworld but he's really only paying this type of sociological examination lip service He'd rather have the characters saying Youse goys is gunna get it see Pull out the brickbats boys and shows 'em what's what Again sounds cool for a second And then you read the same fucking thing three hundred timesLike most folks reading this nowadays I came to Asbury's text through Martin Scorsese's 2002 film of the same name But even that absurd cartoon fares better than what Asbury is doing here namely because it's able to limit itself to a few particularly interesting storylines and of course it features the absolutely brilliant Daniel Day Lewis It might've been better if Asbury simply decided between verisimilitude and complete fiction instead of trying to walk the line and doing both approaches a disservice

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Definitive work on this subject an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modern Mafia and its depiction in films like The Godfather The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury written in 1928 is a great read for those who love to read stories about crime and criminals that took place in New York City dating back to the early 1800's The book starts with the chapter entitled “The Cradle of the Gangs” which was the Five Points Area in 1829 Roughly the Five Points area was the territory bounded by Broadway Canal Street the Bowery and Park Row which was formerly Chatham Street Now this area is the home to the city prison called the Tombs the Criminal Courts Building and the County Court House In the early 1700's the area was mostly a swap area surrounding a lake called Fresh Water Pond by the English and Shellpoint by the Dutch The lake was eventually filled in and homes built on the landfill This landfill became the region know as the Five Points The Five Points area was named after the intersection of the five blocks of Cross which became Park Street and is now Mosco Street Anthony which became Worth Orange which became Baxter Mulberry Street and Little Water which now does not even exist It was originally a respectable area where the rich lived but then houses began sinking into the imperfectly drained swamp and the rich abandoned the area for better parts of Manhattan Island Their places were taken mostly by freed Negro slaves and the low class Irish who began flooding into the area from Ireland starting around 1790 The Five Points area became a breeding ground for crooks and criminal and people from other parts of the city dared not venture into its boundaries The great Charles Dickens once visited the area and he wrote about the Five Points “This is the place these narrow ways diverging to the right and left and reeking everywhere with dirt and filth Debauchery has made the houses very prematurely old The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts at home and the whole world over Many pigs live here Do they ever wonder why their masters walk upright instead of going on all fours and why they talk instead of grunting?” It was in these rotted streets that Dickens described that the first street gang was formed in 1825 It was aptly named the Forty Thieves and was started in the back room of a produce shop on Center Street It was owned by Roseanna Peers and past the rotted vegetables outside she sold illegal hootch in the inside back room and allowed a dastardly chap named Edward Coleman to rule a motley crew of criminals Being Irish they all hated the Englishmen but they robbed and pillaged from mostly their own Soon other gangs cropped up with names like the Chichesters the Plug Uglies Roach Guards Shirt Tails and Dead Rabbits The fought amongst each other over who would have the right to control the crime on certain streets Soon gangs arrived on the Five Points boundaries like the Bowery Boys the True Blue Americans the American Guards the O'Connell Guards and the Atlantic Guards The streets in and around the Five Points area became so dangerous the brave Davey Crockett known for his heroism out west said the Five Points area of New York City was the most dangerous place he had ever visited in his entire life As the years went by gangs came and went in the Five Points area The Civil War was the biggest destroyer of the original Five Points gangs since many of the hooligans were drafted into the war down south Some came back maimed Some came back not at all The rest of Asbury's book details every gang and crook that prowled New Yo

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EPUB ↠ MOBI The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld õ 9781560252757 Ý EYLTRANSFERSERVICES ë [PDF / Epub] ★ The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld By Herbert Asbury – Eyltransferservices.co.uk The As Luc Sante has written from legend memory police records the self aggrandizements of aging crooks popular journalism and solid historical research Asbury presents the DNF 50%I just couldn't continue with this book You'd think for a book about the history of gangs in NY it would be really interesting but it was so dull and dragging and there were so many commas One moment you're in pre civil war next your in the late 1800s and you're to keep guessing which ear you're in until the author bothers to tell you Also the cycle of each chapter is the same A little background on why a riot happened followed by a way to in depth account of the fight followed by a uick conclusion This pattern was repeated over and over with the chapter that I got tired of reading it So tired that I've fallen asleep many times reading it I don't need to torture myself over this book School does that job already