Annie Walsh (Battle Annie)

Annie Walsh (Battle Annie) was often called the Queen of Hell’s Kitchen. She was one of the most feared brick hurlers of her time and was the head of the women’s Gopher gang, part of the famous Gopher gang of the area. the Lady Gophers, headquartered at Mallet Murphy’s Battle Row saloon (on 39th street btwn 10th and 11th Ave)  where they were officially known as the Battle Row Ladies’ Social and Athletic Club. She was able to assemble a force from 50 up to several hundred women who, armed with clubs, were used as reserve members in gang fights… Read More

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Richard Welstead Croker, Sr.

Richard Welstead Croker, Sr. (November 24, 1843 – April 29, 1922), known as “Boss Croker,” was an Irish-American politician, a leader of New York City’s Tammany Hall. Brought to the United States when he was 2 and was educated in the New York public school system. He joined one of the Volunteer Fire Departments in 1863, becoming an engineer of one of the engine companies. He entered public service through the fire departments, eventually serving as a fire commissioner, but not before also working as an alderman and coroner for the city. Mr. Croker controlled Tammany Hall after the death… Read More

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New Feature for a New Year

New York City is an old place. Amazing history for over 400 years, but many people who have made a mark in some way on the city have remained a bit more under the radar than our more famous citizens. 2018 will be a year we highlight a few of these people with a small biography. We hope you enjoy reading about these New Yorkers. And our first bio… Hortense Wittstein Gabel (December 16, 1912 – December 6, 1990) was an American lawyer who served on the New York Supreme Court. She was born in the Bronx and attended Hunter… Read More

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