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Alphaville

Monday, July 18, 2011

Retired NYPD detective sergeant Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett describe how the heroin trade threatened the lower-Manhattan neighborhood known as Alphabet City in the 1980s. In their book Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side, Codella describes growing up in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood, where old-time mob capos and cops lived side-by-side, and he gives a historical snapshot of the Lower East Side—once one of Gotham's most dangerous neighborhoods—and the men who brought order to its mayhem.

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