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Gang History in Hell’s Kitchen

Walking through the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, it's easy to forget the historical significance of this area. Where upscale restaurants, bars, and newly minted condominiums now litter the paths along the Hudson River, there once were criminal hotspots and gang-marked territory.
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Sunset Park, Brooklyn

A neighborhood infinitely more nuanced than its namesake, Sunset Park repeatedly defies expectation. Once hailed as the "New Williamsburg," Sunset Park residents have fought to keep industry in as a means to keep gentrification out. A widely diverse area where the term "minority" is misleading, upwards of 75% of the population is Hispanic or Chinese, with a rich history of Irish, Polish and Norwegian immigration dating back to the 1800s.