Lot #6: 140-142 2nd Avenue – German YMCA and Stuyvesant Casino

140-142 2nd Avenue
New York
NY 10003

Lot #6: 140-142 2nd Avenue – German YMCA and Stuyvesant Casino

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- Used to be the German Branch Y.M.C.A., which was organized in 1881.


- In the early 1910s, this building was the Stuyvesant Casino, one of the focal points for criminal life on the Lower East Side. It was during a party on December 2, 1911 that the neighborhood's most feared mobster, Big Jack Zelig (whose real name was either William Alberts or Harry Morris) shot and killed Italian gangster "Julie" Morrello, "whom the police," according to the New York Times, "call one of the most notorious gun and knife fighters on the east side."

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