In the 1950s and 60s the youth gangs in the Bronx
, New York, emerged with a particular notoriety.
Gangs of the Bronx included
- the Fordham Baldies
- the Ducky Boys Gang aka the Ducky Gang
- the Fordham Flames
- the Golden Guineas (a predominantly Italian-American gang)
- the Villa Avenue Gang
- the Bailey Gang
- the Archer Boys
- the Guinea Dukes
- the Shamrock Gang
- the Hot Boyz
- the socs(socials)
There were two other Bronx gangs in the early fifties (holdover gangs that were active in 1949) The first of these two were the Fordham Aggies which were basically an Irish gang that emanated out of Decatur Avenue from Fordham Road to 194 St and hung out in Scotti's poolroom as well as in the H&H ice cream parlor. In fact there were two major gang fights between them and the Fordham Baldies. The Aggies won the first, the second was a stand off.
The other gang was the "Shamrocks" which were a formidable man for man gang, but which never had any major confrontations because just their existence alone scared everybody off. They were a gang around the Inwood section of upper Manhattan.
Rumors often swept Bronx high schools in the 1950s and 1960s that "the Baldies were coming" to confront the student body, at the generally docile Bronx High School of Science
and the more macho, all-male DeWitt Clinton High School
. Such rumors would often bring along a large police presence, and long disruptions.
The Fordham Baldies were reputed to shave the heads, and other body parts,... Read More