Friday, August 7, 2009

Tales At the Tenement Museum

Those with an interest in tales and anecdotes of New York's notorious gangland history of the early Twentieth Century descended upon The Lower East Side Tenement Museum this past Monday, August 3, to listen to writers Rose Keefe and Pat Downey who gave informative presentations on the subject and hosted the evening.
This is the second time this year the Museum has hosted an evening dealing with themes of social historical perspectives on crime and gangsterdom - something they seem to have shied away from in the past.

The evening also included a performance from Franklin Abrams (of Monk 1903 fame) with a couple actors who brought the past to life - renacting a scene featuring Abrams as Max 'Kid Twist' Zweifach - some of Zweifach's actual descendents were in attendence as well.

Partners in crime:
Rose Keefe (left) is busy working on a couple of books at the moment - a biography on Monk Eastman (which will also encompass the short life of Max Zweifach) and is also digging into the life story of Benjamin 'Dopey' Fein.

Pat Downey is tapping the keyboard on the life of Legs Diamond, whose colorful underworld exploits intertwined on numerous occasions with Jewish gang bosses like Jacob 'Little Augie' Orgen and Arnold Rothstein among others.
They are pictured here with author Allana Atterbury, who herself is working on new book about Dutch Schultz.

Thanks to Franklin Abrams for sending along these photos as I was personally unable to attend the evening.

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