“Even just standing out here ... You can’t come outside
,” said Benjamin, 32, a schoolteacher from the Howard Houses in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “Being on the street is enough to get you shot. When you go out, you got to take a different way every time.”
“It’s consistent around the city: young guys doing their own thing, mostly around the projects,” said Lou Savelli, a crime consultant who founded the NYPD’s Gang Unit. “A lot of them are friends who grew up together. They think up a name, and that’s their gang. It’s like the old days of the 1950s, when you had guys who defended their street corner.”
But there’s a big difference. This new generation, often referred to collectively as “Young Guns,” has turned away from traditional gangs like the Bloods, Crips and Latin Kings and is more rash, violent and dangerous than their older counterparts.
Someone needs to school this Post reporter. Localized gangs were running shit street by street, corner by corner, right through the early/mid 90s. When there's no jobs, nothing to do and nowhere to go, crime happens. It's how I grew up, and I turned out just fine! Look at me now bitches!!! LOL!