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Screaming Phantoms, Tomahawks, Phantom Lords, Dirty Ones and other gangs of 1970s Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Dirty Ones, a notorious gang from Williamsburg.

My new column for A24 Films (a tie-in to the new movie A Most Violent Year) is up on their site devoted to culture and events from 1981.

For this article, I look at what some of the dangerous undercurrents to life in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1981. “By the 1970s, Williamsburg was best known for its steeply rising crime rate, harboring both violent street-gang activity and organized crime.” You can read the whole article here.

During my research for this piece, I found this rather startling map in the New York Times, August 1, 1974, charting out the various turfs of northern Brooklyn street gangs.

This is not a souvenir from the film The Warriors, but an actual list of the many violent gangs which kept Brooklyn a very dangerous place to walk around in during the 1970s.

 

Gang activity was so especially vicious at this time — particularly gang-vs-gang violence — that Luis Garten Acosta, the founder of El Puente youth outreach program, called northern Brooklyn ‘the killing fields’ in 1981.

I dug a little further to find some specific incidents which involved some of these gangs.  I’ve put numbers by the gangs so you can find their dedicated turf on the map above:

September 16, 1972 — A gang altercation among the members of the Young Barons (44) resulted in the death of one young man and another whose nose was cut off.Â

— August 21, 1973 — Several members of the Devils Rebels (19) were walking around Bushwick when they were accosted by the Screaming Phantoms (11). Two boys associated with the Devils Rebels were stabbed and killed. Police report “the Screaming Phantoms operated out of the Williamsburg area and had been ‘way out of their area’ at the scene of yesterday’s gang fight.”

— October 12, 1973 — Several gangs have been cast as extras in a new film called The Education of Sonny Carson, including the Tomahawks (48), Pure Hell (22) and the Unknown Riders (43).

— February 25, 1974 — The Times reports on the extortion schemes of various northern Brooklyn gangs, mentioning the Outlaws (28,29), the Tomahawks (48), the Jolly Stompers (not listed) and B’Nai Zaken (41).

100 replies on “Screaming Phantoms, Tomahawks, Phantom Lords, Dirty Ones and other gangs of 1970s Williamsburg, Brooklyn”

The Tomahawks was based in East New York, Brooklyn and Had Several Divisions in Brooklyn and Other Parts of NYC . In the 70’s The Tomahawks was the biggest black street gang in Brooklyn.

I used to be a tomahawk I have plenty of divisions, the tomahawks was the biggest gang and New York City and most people don’t know why.

Which division you are from i know alot of tomahawks from brownsville i know priest from the 11th division Assassin Tomahawks, i know sunshine from the mamahawks, i know eggy from the deadly tomahawks

This is Gee from the Savage Tomahawks. I was a Tomahawk(s ) from the age of 11 until they disbanded due to “K” going to prison and Internal bickering.

Wow my mother was a tomahawk I didn’t think any members was alive she used to chant the song to me mighty mighty tomahawk and tell me about the gang gas station being burned down she said she was their where I think they robbed it the big rumble in the part where the guy was killed where before I seen the movie her name was sharon

I remember all of this. Tomahawks Unknow Riders, Pure Hell of which I was a member, 8th division to be exact. I remember coming upon a murder of a dude named spoon who was shot fined to death.

Well from what ive documented about the tomahawks they had more then 82 divisions in brooklyn alone the biggest division they had was the deadly tomahawks as far as the jolly stompers so far i found about 25 divisions

AT ONE TIME but by 1971 BLACK ACES/BLACK SPADES/OUTLAWS/JOLLY STOMPERS WITH A YOUNG MIKE TYSON.. WERE BIGGER, SPADES STARTED ROBBING BANKS=O.C ORGANIZE CRIME S–T //ACES BROKE-UP IN TO MANY GANGS.// BY 1974 DRUGS BIZ TOOK OVER. REST IS HISTORY // MOVIES= NICKY CRUZ/SONNY CARSON/ Q&A NICK NOLTE/ CARLITOS WAY/ PRINCE OF THE CITY// SERPICO / FRENCH CONNECTION. GOODFELLAS/DONNIE BRASCO /ALL REALLY HAPPEN IN WILLIAMSBURG CHECK THE POLICE RECORDS…

What I don’t remember are all those gangs on that map only the Savage Nomads and the Bachelors and Phantom Lords was real known plus there was a gang in Coney Island I can’t remember their name but they were down.

I don’t remember all those gang’s on the map I’m a LTD OUTLAW!!!!!!I remember Tomahawk, Excons Latin OUTLAWS in Bed-sty

T bone & Dee tee , Buddy love & cookie ,Binggo ect outlaws fr BK also Queen outlaws Iris was the Queen outlaw of the females she was Bad to.

I remember all of the clubs on the map. The Screaming Phantoms in particular were not that numerous, but were respected in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. They were down to fight anyone, anywhere and did not hesitate to stab or beat their rivals into submission, a hospital emergency room or the morgue.
To their credit they helped out the kids in their neighborhoods by not allowing older kids to bully or rip them off. The down side of this relationship is that they taught us how to steal, drink and smoke pot.

I was initiated back in the days at JHS 189 Flushing New York into the Screaming Phantoms any one from the years 1972 to 1974? or from there to 1979 to 1982 Flushing H.S? That might have been a S.P.

Yeah i went to JHS 189 and there were Screaming Phantoms there they hanged out at the Boys Club in Flushing Queens in 1972 – 1973.

Where is the FMD’s Filthy Madd Dogs??? Use to see them in Bklyn on a reg…Bathing in the circle at Grand Army Plaza/Atlantic Antic…

2021 kingklast reunion // 2021 Williamsburg big reunion look up dukes or unknowns reunions on CLASSIC STREET GANGS OF New York //OR ON KINGKLAST FACEBOOK//

I remember correctly in e.n.y Brooklyn where the crazy homicide on Sutter avenue and the sex boys on pitken and sex st.”aka”Essex and the tomahawks Livonia avenue around junior st I know this because I hang around doing graffiti though eny neighbor hood with my boys” rip CISCO1″,BIRD3 LEO2 JR,JUNE,riding on our bikes looking like coppers getting chance around,the 70s were Crazy but fun.

In 1975 a group of Ex-Vandals made the mistake of leaving their slum and robbed an old Italian woman on Stillwell Avenue. Three of them were caught and beaten for 2 days before being released.

the late 68 to75 / black dragons Reyes ray south 3rd/ justice driggs boys diablo-flame -crazy horse / lighting lords loco chino-satan madcaps ally cat satan sinners Diaz-/ satan souls Frankie g-mad-savage/ unknown bikers chinito -flex- feo/ sex boys base/ dukes fear=jay-toke/ yeah south 9th bikers moe .danny.dirty harry booga roach crazy times //young shivas 5th hewes /

Greenpoint:
. Lightening Lords
. Satans Mad Caps
. Satans Sinners

Williamsburg:
. Hell Dragons/Black Dragons
. Justice Bklyn
. Driggs Boys
. satans Souls
. Unknown Bikers
. Dukes
. Satans Mad Caps
. South 9th Bikers
. Young Shibas

Do you remember where each gang turf was at?

im Lilman i was the pres & vice pres along with eladio started the Lightning Lords in greenpoint bklyn back in 1970 thru 1975 & went from there to live in metro ave & met lefty,spic ,tito,smokey,eggie ,sammy ,my bro.monkey,augie,dannydee,roy,blackjack , who later became Bklyn Saints we were young god bless i miss you guys .

im lilman original lightning lord out of greenpoint Vp along with Eladio we fought the mad caps back in the 70’s milton park I was also friends with Lefty,smokey,tito,sammy.cuban blackjack,danny D., Augie ,monkey, also known as The Bklyn Saints . williamsburg,bklyn

laddie boy A.K.A loco my man. loco 2 his brother/. Chino. & Deadly pitos brother.. the SAINTS wolfie.. / fought DIAZ pres. of the satan sinners & ALLEY CAT from satan madcaps.. do you remember Bloody boy..& CANO . AND KUNG FU. 3 crazy mothers. LIGHTHING LORDS MANHATAN AVE. RUMBLE AGAINST THE GUERNSEY BOYSbilly bright & Frankenstein.& the Marruders &Scrubs gangs. . plus we clash with the NIGHT lovers..fatboy..

we fought the guernsey boys on greenpoint ave & franklin ave near milton park thats the only time the madcaps,the lightning lords & the bikers,the satan souls,phanthom lords,came together let me not forget the dirty ones that was the 1st time i thought there would be peace god bless those we lost & those that are still alive.

the Guernsey boys allies the scrubs, bloody pirates, bloody boys, & the marauders & Brooklyn ball busters vs phantom lords, young sinners, with diablo of THE JUSTICE /[[[[ /THE JUSTICE those guys were the realist boppers fought homcide inc . Spanish kings ,, crazy homcide savage survivors , the black dragons , cross bones raiders, , demons on wheels, 1966 to 1975 those were wars.

LADDIE BOY A.K.A LOCO & loco 2/ Deadly & his brother PITO /CHINO// .REMEMBER CANO/ KUNG FU & BLOODY BOY crazy LIGHTING LORDS .RUMBLE ON MANHATTAN AVE against the Guernsey boys the scrubs the Marauders BILLY bright an Frankenstein /had rumbles vs Night lovers AND DIAZ pres. of the Satan sinners and ally cat of theSATAN MADCAPS.

yes there were more gangs 100s in the 1960s 70s/but they last a few weeks months then get DRAFTED by MAJOR GANGS. CROSS BONE RAIDERS/HELLS DRAGONS/BLACK DRAGONS/EX -50S/ ETC.THE BLACE SPADES BLACK ACES TURN TO ORGANIZE CRIME robbing banks etc. jolly stompers broke-up. after MIKE TYSON LEFT.TRUE.OUTLAWS TOMAHAWKS ARE 63 LIKE ME older,,, BUT THE HISTORY is there by 1967 to 78 drugs took OVER. FACT BASE BOOKS& MOVIES TELL STORY// SERPICO/FRENCH CONNECTION/Q&A NICK NOLTE A.ARSANTE/GOODFELLAS/ DONNIE BRASCO/ CARLITOS WAY ALL TRUE BASED IN WILLIAMSBURG CHECK POLICE RECORDS/ CHECK JUDGE EDWIN TORRES BOOKS/ PRINCE OF THE CITY/ NICKY CRUZ/// SONNY CARSON BIOS..TRUE. AL CAPONE MEYER LANKSY LIVE IN SOUTHSIDE/ JOE BONNANO N.5/ NEAR P.S. 17. SONNY BLACK GRAND ST. LEFFTY ON FROST. HUNG OUT CONOS RESTAURANT/BAMONTES /PETER LUGERS/ UNCLE TONYS PIANO BAR DRIGGS/JOSES BAR DRIGGS.

WILLIASBURGH O.C CRIME CAPITAL/ SERPICO SOUTH 6 AND DRIGGS. JOSES BAR.//. FRENCH CONNECTION SOUTH 5TH KEAP [PASTY FULCOS] LUNCHEONETTE/ DONNIE BRASCO MOTION LOUNGE METROPOLITAN &GRAHAM//. PRINCE OF THE CITY MAFIA COP /90/94/92/77/ PCTS. . Q&A GREENPOINT/ SONNY CARSON BED-STY/ MARCY.. GOODFELLAS BUSHWICK/ UNION AVE. TO MEEKER// MCCARRAN PARK MANHATTAN AVE TO DIAMOND ST.

yes there were more gangs 100s in the 1960s 70s/but they last a few weeks months then get DRAFTED by MAJOR GANGS. CROSS BONE RAIDERS/HELLS DRAGONS/BLACK DRAGONS/EX -50S/ ETC.THE BLACE SPADES BLACK ACES TURN TO ORGANIZE CRIME robbing banks etc. jolly stompers broke-up. after MIKE TYSON LEFT.TRUE.OUTLAWS TOMAHAWKS ARE 63 LIKE ME && older,,, BUT THE HISTORY is there by 1967 to 78 drugs took OVER. FACT BASE BOOKS& MOVIES TELL STORY// SERPICO/FRENCH CONNECTION/Q&A NICK NOLTE A.ARSANTE/GOODFELLAS/ DONNIE BRASCO/ CARLITOS WAY ALL TRUE BASED IN WILLIAMSBURG CHECK POLICE RECORDS/ CHECK JUDGE EDWIN TORRES BOOKS/ PRINCE OF THE CITY/ NICKY CRUZ/// SONNY CARSON BIOS..TRUE. AL CAPONE MEYER LANKSY LIVE IN SOUTHSIDE/ JOE BONNANO N.5/ NEAR P.S. 17. SONNY BLACK GRAND ST. LEFFTY ON FROST. HUNG OUT CONOS RESTAURANT/BAMONTES /PETER LUGERS/ UNCLE TONYS PIANO BAR DRIGGS/JOSES BAR DRIGGS.

we got our names from SATURDAY T.V SHOWS like Buck rogers/Flash Gordon/ East side kids/Bowery boys/ dead end kids/ Underdog/ 8th man/SONS OF HERCULES THEATER/WWOR TV ACTION SERIALS= SPY SMASHER,MASK MARVEL,JAPANESE SHOWS PHANTOM AGENTS//. MEXICAN TV ,SANTO,BLUE DEMON,FANTOMAS,KALIMAN,SPECTRAMAN.SPACE GIANTS// ITALIAN SPAGHETTI COWBOYS RINGO-DEADEYE-SARTANA-LITTLE RASCALS- GIGANTOR – ARCHIE COMICS-CASPER- THE UNTOUCHABLES/ 1960S BIKER MOVIES// GREAT T.V 1958 TO 1976 ON WWOR 9/WPIX 11/ ROGER RAMJETT/ CRUSADER RABBIT/FANTASTIC4 /HERCULOIDS /AND THE BADDEST SUPER HERO [ SPACE GHOST-]]]JOHHNY QUEST-SPEED RACER-SPIDERMAN-SHAZZAM THE GENIE .& the SUPER SIX../SECRET SQUIRREL/COOL MC COOL./SUPER PRESIDENT & SPY SHADOW.//

south 9th bikers berry & Bedford ave.SAD NEWS MOE PRES. OF SOUTH 9TH BIKERS HAS DIE IN JAIL OF COVID-19 R.I.P/// lighting lords Franklin ave & Milton park pool./ madcaps manhattan ave CHOPLIN THEATER NOW Mcd’s/ s sinners green point ave to J.H.S 126/PASS THAT the cooper boys of cooper projects they ran that side of tracks by green point hospital/dragons s4th marcy/s souls s5th hewes/ shivas same. JUSTICE PRES H.Q DIABLO 188 SOUTH 2ND &DRIGGS .DRIGGS BOYS SAME.AREA.. BIG BIKERS GRAND ST NEAR P.S 19 ORIGINAL. CLUB HOUSE//DUKES HAD TWO DIVISIONS S.4TH &BEDFORD JAY DUKE.&. 127 SOUTH 2ND &ROEBLING CHEO/// BIG RE-UNION 2021 ##** KINGKLAST FOR DETAILS MY BROTHER DOES THE COOKING PERNIL ROAST PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!! CLASSIC STREET GANGS WEB-SITE

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/ SATAN SINNERS IN THE WIND THEIR FAMOUS FOR DROPPING A CHIMNEY ON THE POLICE// THE BLACK SPADES ALL OVER U.S.A. THEY WERE SOME BLACK PANTHERS BLACK POWER & MALCOM X DUDES WHO SAID FU– THE REVOLUTION/ CRIME PAYS == SOME JOIN NOMADS OR THE ZULU NATION.. BLACE ACES ALL 5 BOROS BIG IN BED-STY SOME WERE FORMER MARCY CHAPLAINS/ BISHOPS/ MAU MAUS.. CHANGE NAMES TO CHANGE CRIMES & TIMES / EXTORTION ETC. SOUNDS LIKE YOUR WRITING A BOOK THERES PLENTY HISTORY BROOKLYN LIBRARY ARMY PLAZA SOME VERY OLD 1950S 60S BOOKS. DETAILS SOME RETIREMENT HOMES BED-STY THEY GOT STORIES . GO TO ALHPA BET CITY BARS THEY WILL TELL U ABOUT- DYNAMITE BROS/ ROYAL JAVELINS / KATOS/KATO NUCHUKUS/ JR.CHAOS/ JUSTICE OF MAN..///

SATAN SINNERS FAMOUS FOR DROPPING A CHIMNY ON THE POLICE. THE BLACK SPADES CAME OUT OF BLACK PANTHER-POWER & MALCOM X MOVE.THEY SAID F–K THE REVOLUTION CRIME PAYS LATER SOME JOIN ZULU NATION & NOMADS/CHING-A-LINGS/ BLACK ACES 5 BOROS BD STY.HQ// STAGG ST, CHECK OUT ALPHA BET CITY BARS THEY WILL TALK ABOUT===YOUNG KATOS/JR.CHAOS/ROYAL JAVELINS REAL COOL GANG/DYNAMITE BROS/ KATO NU CHUKUS //

the LIGHTING LORDS red & white colors 2 division one in 224 st way up in bronx/ lost touch??/ PITO became ARABIAN KNIGHTS with Maddog.& FLACO … Cano & KUNG FU be came SAVAGE SKULLS. DEADLY lives in Florida. Bloody boy became a Biker/A couple others GUYS too./ THE YOUNG LORDS/LATIN LORDS/ PHANTOM LORDS GO TO KINGKLASTS REUNIONS, LIGHTING LORDS 4 EVER D.T.K/F.T.W.. LOCO/LILMAN/LOCO 2TRY TO COME TO 2021 UNION// REMEMBER THE TRUCE OF 1971 WITH BLACK BENJI/ THE 2 ND TRUCE WITH CHINO/ THE 3 RD TRUCE WITH CRAZY HORSE OF THE JUSTICE….SO MANY GANGS CAME A PARADE OF COLORS 1972. BUT ALL THREE GOT KILL. BY WHO & WHY WE STILL DON’T KNOW

How you doing joe i know king klast and i am a research as well he does his research and i do mines but we have a mutual respect on not stepping on each others toes

The research i am doing is more about where the clubs turfs were at in different neighborhoods in brooklyn

Gangs of greenpoint:
. Ball Buster’s (??)
. Box Street Boy’s
(Box Street Bet Manhattan Ave & Mcguinness Ave)
. Comanche’s (??)
. Duport Street Boy’s
(Duport Street Bet Franklin St & Manhattan Ave)
. Freeman Boy’s Inc (??)
. Ghetto Brothers Org (Leonard St Bet Manhattan Ave & Bayard St)
. Guernsey Street Boy’s (Guernsey St Bet Norman Ave & Nassau Ave)
. Hardy Boy’s (??)
. Jokers (??)
. Jolly Stompers (??)
. Lightening Lord’s (Milton St & Franklin St)
. Madcap’s (Java St Bet Franklin St & Manhattan Ave)
. Madcap’s (Milton Park)
. Madcap’s (Manhattan Ave & Greenpoint Ave)
. McCarthy’s (??)
. Mighty Lord’s (??)
. Satan’s Madcap’s (??)
. Satan’s Sinner’s (JHS 126)
. Sinner’s (Huron St Bet Franklin St & Manhattan Ave)
. Sinner’s (JHS 126)
. Son’s Of Devil’s (Noble St Bet West St & Franklin St)

The ones with (??) Are the ones that i dont know where their turf was at i know they had alot of other gangs in greenpoint maybe you could help me out

JOLLY STOMPERS FORT GREENE,NEAR IS 298 & CLUB WAS CROWN ST. SCHENECTADAY AVE. HANG OUT EMPIRT ROLLER DROME RINK CROWN HEIGHTS EMPIRE BOULEVARD// JOKERS. PARK SLOPE // BNAI ZAKENN BLACK JEWS BUFFALO AVE. THEY WAS BLACK P STONE NATION///// BALL BUSTERS BAY RIDGE THEY HAD BUSINESS CARDS/// STOMPERS HAD A PRICE LIST BROKEN NOSE $ HAND$$ LEGS$$$/ HALSEY BOYS DROVE OLD PAINTED UPS WISE POTATO CHIP TRUCK AROUND McCARREN POOL.// OUTLAWS WERE EVERY WHERE THEN TEA WAS ONE PRES, FULTON & BEDFORD OUTLAWS HANG AT THE TROPICAL NITE CLUB TEA RAN THAT PLACE AS HIS OWN….

I only knew of the young lords /baby lords /lords of havemeyer st & s.3rd I saw graffiti tags latin lords in the same block. but they all broke up ATFER Geraldo rivera /Pablo Guzman/ & Luis Gartan ACOSTA all became part of the system T.V & Legal like. p.s Luis gartan Acosta of the SURES & EL Puente die last year.this site was put up about him// check out THE documentary **LOS SURES SOME OF MY YOUNGER BROTHERS SISTERS& COUSINS ARE IN IT MILTON R. KNOWN AS FEAR AND RAY ACOSTA/MADDOG/POOKIE/ JACKIE/ MY SISTERS NOW LEGAL AIDS & SCHOOL TEACHERS/ DRUG & GANG COUNSELORS/ RESTAURANT OWNERS/ POLICE OFFICERS/ LAND LORDS.IN THE SOUTH SIDE WE OVER CAME. .

MR.GRIM =GANGS BREAK UP CHANGE NAMES MOVE LOCATIONS WHEN MEMBERS DIE DRUGS. & DRINKING/ GET KILL /OR GO TO JAIL. OR GET OLD ETC. SOME STAY CHANGE NAME NEW MEMBERS JOIN ETC EVOLUTION OF THE GANG WORLD /$$$$ %%. I VE TRAVEL ALL OVER ITS A WORLD OF SLUMS the world is a getto Israel arabs Africa London south America Italy Spain gangs// mobs & mafias & LOTS of governments intelligence spy types of MAFIAS . A WORLD OF CRIME..

This is Superfly And I was the leader of the Brooklyn EastNewYork division Tomahawks!would like to reunite with some of my boys Peace to all the Tomahawks and Peace to Kato The Godfather of the Tomahawks!

World of Gangs anti-fa,BLM,proud boys,neo-nazis,aryans,black panthers,young lords, KKK with colors patches flags..crazy ! democrats-republicans . ALL about tufts wars MONEY. maybe the O.Gs gotta reunite and come outta retirement at 64 one last RIDE.!! TIME FOR SOME ORDER.

Satan Souls & CRAZY Bishops are in a NET FLIX. TV show call BRUNO Films in Williamsburg & Bushwick . a bout dog kidnapping comedy / they got offers for Saints of NEWARK bits. but covid 19 put tv shows on hold.

Alot of people didn’t know that there was another gang (sub) under the Tomahawk flag called “The Champions”, led by Robert ” Kool” Lindsay!

Hi! Hope you don’t mind me posting here. I am looking for any women out there who were part of girl divisions in Brooklyn who might be willing to talk. I am writing something and want to make sure I’m getting things right/being true to the facts. Let me know! Thanks!!

As I remember it, the prevalent gang around my neighborhood was the Egyptian Lords though I can’t for the life of me find a reference to them in this venue. We lived in what was called a silk stocking neighborhood…an all white conglomeration of Italians and Jews. The leader was a fellow named Tommy Lako.

Where was the egyptian lords located at in your neighborhood ive heard of the Egyptian Kings, Egyptian Dragons, Egyptian Crowns

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