Journalists Craig Thompson and Allen Raymond, writing back in 1940, stated that "...the lower East Side of Manhattan in the first twenty years of the twentieth century was the greatest breeding ground for gunmen and racketeers, since risen to eminence, that this country has ever seen..." (Gang Rule in New York)
The pre-Prohibition Twentieth Century Lower East Side, discussed by Thompson and Raymond, certainly experienced an explosion in gangs and racketeering. But that was just a small part of the exciting and bloody underworld history of the region. Informer will examine the gangland figures and stories from the Civil War Era through the end of the Prohibition Era. We are currently seeking researchers/writers to help define and tell these stories. If you'd like to contribute to the issue, contact Informer (ASAP) with your article ideas at email@example.com. The articles deadline is August 1, 2023. The issue will be released before October 3, 2023.
Issue release announcements will be posted on Informer's website. Use this link to get the latest info:
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The magazine's page count is 174 pages, including covers and advertisements. The printed books are about 370 pages. All formats have the same content, except for the audiobook, which does not include new crime history book announcements, advertisements and page-filler material.
- End of the Whyos gang.
- Historic Photo: Bandits' Roost.
- John H. McGurk and Bowery's "Suicide Hall."
- The death and life of hoodlum/hero Monk Eastman.
- NYC's first Mafia boss?
- Italian gang chief with an Irish name: Paul Kelly.
- Sai Wing Mock and the New York "Tong Wars."
- Frank Lanza's New York firms may have been Mafia fronts.
- In search of "Johnny Spanish."
- Racketeering future was molded in young Meyer Lansky's neighborhood.
- "Death Avenue": Second Avenue, 1910-1924.
- 1964 narcotics report included mobster bios.
- New facts about 1928 Mafia conventioneers (Not part of Lower East Side theme).
- "Bill the Butcher" wasn't from the Five Points (Not part of Lower East Side theme).