The Halsey Bops were well known at Bushwick High School in Brooklyn back in the sixties. They hung out at Halsey Park from 1957-1962. It was Georgie, Bobby, Benny C., Jackie, Whitey, Tony, Larry, Andy, Bobby, Jackie and many moore. They hung out in that park house and played dice against the wall. They also hung out at Putnam Park and many Ellery Bops started to hang with the Halsey Bops too.
Ruled Halsey and Putnam parks.
Halsey Bops of Bushwick
In those days, before Miranda Law, there were no guns, plenty of knives(the K55)and bats not to mention car antennas and pretty good brawlers, some with pugilistc savy, some with brute force.
Gangs began to increase in size and number in Bushwick the summer of 1967. Most were SAC - Social Athletic Clubs - but some of the larger gangs had economic interests in the selling of stolen cigarettes and illegal fireworks. Most gang members ranged in age group of 13 - 20 years old. The younger kids joined the auxiliary midget gangs like the Ellery Tots and Halsey Tots.
Halsey Bop Rivals
Black gangs - Junior Sinner and the Jefferson Stumpers. Junior Saints.
A ex neighborhood guy stated:I knew a bunch of those guys in '60. '61 and '62. Bosco, Magoo, Poma, Bangshot, and everyone on Knickerbocker and Halsey st. Went to all the St. Martins dances. Hung out with the Rebels on Wycoff and always had to put up with the Saints coming down further and the Stompers coming up further the last year I was there in '62
Halsey, Rockaway & Fulton
Probably in 1959 at the 14 Holy Martyr's Bazaar (a church bazaar on Covert and Central) the Corsair Lords came in groups of 2. I was there with a few Halsey Bops along with Rockaway and Fulton gang (not together). There eventually were well over 100 Corsair Lords. Rockaway & Fulton called and truckloads (John Gotti was there) first of guys showed up. The Lords ran down Central Ave. and back to Bed Sty. Along the way the real old HalseyBops came out of their clubs and were kicking ass on the Lords real bad and R&F was chasing them from the other direction.
Fulton-Rockaway gang - John Gotti's - teenage gang - wore purple and black outfits. It's been stated that John Gotti became leader of the gang because of his fast fists and natural leadership qualities.
Halsey Bop hangouts
The ice cream parlor on Wilson & Halsey was Kalke's. The Halsey bops hung out there in the winter months for several years from 1957-1962.
Halsey Bops Verses Flaming Satans
Puerto Rican gang from from Evergreen Avenue. They fought the Halsey Tots at the time because the Halsey Bop Seniors were gone. Some of the Satans were Mr Willey, Dino, and little Dice.
A neighborhood girl had this to say about the Bops: I remember the "Halsey Bops"!!! I lived on Eldert Street from 1950 till the summer of 1964. I remember as a child, watching them and other rival gangs fight in front of the schoolyard across the street from my house! They would beat each other with pipes and baseball bats, and they would actually be bloody! But growing up a "city kid", I learned early on that when we saw something like that brewing, I was supposed to go up on the "stoop" and stick close to home . . . not go near them! Someone would yell "rumble!", and it was ON!
Halsey Bops 1957-1963
In the early 60's, most of the senior members went on with their lifes leaving their turf to the Halsey Tots - who eventually dropped the "Bops" (too fifties) and continued on as "Halsey" gang. The Seniors Halsey Bops were friends with the Rockaway and Fulton gang and a lot of them hung out at the Sportsman's Cafe on Fulton and Rockaway.