Herbert Von King “the Mayor of Bed-Stuy”

Herbert Von King was a tireless neighborhood activist nicknamed “the Mayor of Bed-Stuy.  He worked tirelessly to serve his community for over fifty years. In 1933 he founded Boy Scout Troop 219 to provide a constructive outlet for the local boys. This earned him the Vigil award, one of the highest honors one can get form the organization. While working as a contractor, Mr. Von King served on the local school board, the Police Civilian Committee, and the Magnolia Earth Tree Center (a conservationist organization).  Herbert Von King Park was dedicated to this civic leader in 1985 and this was… Read More

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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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