The Ducky Boys gang

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The Ducky Boys gang was a purported Irish gang from The Bronx, New York.

According to Richard Price's book (and movie) The Wanderers, the Ducky Boys were "stunted Irish madmen, none of them over 5 foot 6". They were also portrayed in the movie as soulless killers who never said a word.

For many Bronxites, the Ducky Gang was a gang that many people heard of, but rarely saw. They have been called the "Boogeymen of The Bronx".

The Ducky Boys' main turf encompassed Norwood, Bronx, Bedford Park, Bronx, Mosholu Parkway, the New York Botanical Garden, and Bronx Park near French Charlie's field, specifically the Balcony at E 204th off Webster Avenue, The Tunnels (under Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd.) Twin Lakes in Botanical Gardens ("The Ducky" or "Duck Pond"), and PS 46 schoolyard.

The Ducky Boys were notorious in the area of the "Duck Pond" from the early 1960s to their eventual fading out c. 1972. Many of the members went on to the Vietnam War or were drafted, between 1965 and 1968.

In August 2010, the book Lost Boys of The Bronx - The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang was published by James Hannon telling the story of the Ducky Boys Gang using interviews with the former gang members and neighborhood residents of the time.

On November 1, 2011, Ace Frehley, guitarist for the rock group Kiss, published an autobiography titled No Regrets in which he recounts his initiation and involvement with the Ducky Boys in his youth.

External links

  • Ducky Boy Documentary producer Lantern-Media.com website
  • The Stone Greasers - features comments from a real Ducky that debunk the myths
  • AuthorHouse Publishing - Link to the publisher page for Lost Boys in the Bronx - The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang
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