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Andrew Hodges

Growing Up with the Brooklyn Outlaws

The Taino Tribe motorcycle club is tucked away on a desolate stretch of Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, behind a series of three unmarked doors in a worn-out red brick townhouse. Two members, Mike and Raymond, are hanging out under a Special Forces banner, absorbed in a game of chess.

Gleason’s Gym: Where the "Sweet Science" Thrives

“See, pretend somebody said something bad ’bout your queen. It make you want to cry, it makes you so mad. Now we ain’t playing games here!”

The Dreamland Artist Club

A seaside escape for city dwellers, Coney Island is one of Brooklyn’s most mythologized neighborhoods. Developed by robber barons and political bosses in the 1850s and 1860s, the main attractions were gambling, drinking, and dancing as cabarets, racetracks, and brothels flourished alongside amusement parks and luxury hotels.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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