The Kosher Nostra and other 19th century street gangs


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The Herman’s Got an Itchy Elbow Gang. Notorious in the 1850s because one of their members (not the leader), Herman, once had an itchy elbow.


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The best thing about the Dead Rabbits (or worst, depending) is that, before a rumble, they’d catch and kill a rabbit and impale it on the end of a stick, carrying it into battle as their standard.


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Don’t forget the Yancy Street Gang!


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19th century street gang names = 21st century band names.


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As far as I know, the name “Cosa Nostra” only became public knowledge when Joe Valachi dropped it during Senate hearings in the 1960s (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicilian_Mafia).

So “Kosher Nostra” doesn’t sound kosher to me.


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I didn’t know that it was canon that Yancy Street was on the West Side; I’d always read that it was based on Delancey Street, in the Lower East Side, which is where Jack Kirby grew up. I wonder if the 10th Avenue sign was put there to imply that it was in Hell’s Kitchen, where Daredevil and (the original version of) Nick Fury grew up?


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TFA says the group was “More formally known as the Yiddish Black Hand Gang.” Kosher Nostra might have been a joke made by the writer of the Mental Floss post, or a later nickname for the gang.

https://www.google.com/search?q=“Kosher+Nostra”


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Rehosted, because the original site eecue.com didn’t seem to allow hot/deep linking - though you wouldn’t know that if the image were still cached in your browser:


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