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Captain John H. McCullagh

Captain John H. McCullagh

John H. McCullagh  was an officer and police captain in the NYPD, John McCullagh was also known as "Farmer John". Born in 1842 in Tyrone, Ireland and emigrated with his family the US when he was a child. During his career he battled notorious gangs and river pirates...

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Boiled Oysters Malloy – Saloon Keeper

Boiled Oysters Malloy – Saloon Keeper

Boiled Oysters Malloy was a criminal and dive bar owner in the Bowery during the mid to late 1800's, his name as you can guess came from his love of eating boiled oysters, which would have been a delicacy during that period. Boiled Oysters Malloy seemed to be at his...

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McGurks Suicide Hall – The Bowery

McGurks Suicide Hall – The Bowery

McGurks Suicide Hall located at 295 the Bowery in New York was a notorious dive bar and hotel run by John McGurk a native of County Antrim, Ireland. McGurk owned a string of saloons, each one closed down by the police, however his saloon at 295 Bowery would become his...

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Patrick “Burly” Bohan & The Doctors Saloon

Patrick “Burly” Bohan & The Doctors Saloon

Patrick "Burly" Bohan was a saloon keeper and owner of The Doctor's, a popular Park Row dive bar, which was also a hotel of sorts and hangout for panhandlers and professional beggars known as the "Bowery Bums" The dive bars around the Bowery, Five Points & Hells...

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The White Hand Gang at war with itself

The White Hand Gang at war with itself

The White Hand Gangs internal feud was a lot greater than any feud they had with the Italian Black Hand Gang, its said the White Hand Gang, who were mostly Irish were named as a play on the the Italian Black Hand Gang who had been dominate around Brooklyn at the time....

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John McKane Brooklyn’s very own Boss Tweed

John McKane Brooklyn’s very own Boss Tweed

John Y. McKane became Brooklyn's answer to Tammany Hall's Boss Tweed although McKane wouldnt be as quite well known, but his exploits were just the same. Back in the 1800's in the days when New York's Five Boroughs were still separate John Y. McKane was known as the...

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