I get a lot of questions about why I departed New York and my great paying job of bricklaying.
Well, part of the draw was just getting out of New York, both the city and the state.
Yes – – – the city had a lot of action and fun things to do.
But I could not stand the corruption any longer.
Everybody remembers that it all started with the politics of Tammany Hall. However, hardly anyone has met the goons that “the hall” hired to enforce their wishes.
Yes, Monk Eastman was a big player for Tammany Hall – – – until they had no more use for him.
Then they put him on trial.
And it was a rather exciting trial.
Of course he was found guilty.
Now I shouldn’t be so harsh on New York City. The “Battery Park” on the southern end of Manhattan was a real nice place to sit and watch the boats while the trains puffed and tooted in the background.
And you could get around to almost any place on the train.
But those guys in Tammany Hall were always in the background and we all knew it.
And I could see nothing was ever going to change.
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