July 1, 2003 | Issue 2

Gang Warfare in Boro Park

article pic BORO PARK, BROOKLYN — [TheKnish.com] Gang violence once again rocked Boro Park. Saturday night fierce arguing and gang symbols broke into all-out gang warfare. Police were called down to quell the violence and four "tut tut"s were given out.

The violence started on Saturday, after Mincha prayer services, at the Bais Yaakov Shalom Shul, as the congregation sat down for the Shalosh Seudas meal. The group was evenly divided between people belonging to the Klausenberger Kvorim and the Litveshe Malochin Shel Gehenom gangs.

According to witnesses, one of the Kvorim flashed a gang symbol at the Gehenom group and a couple of Gehenom members flashed back their own symbol. The Kvorim symbol consists of holding out a pinky finger, lifting it in the air and kissing it. The Gehenom symbol is to stick out the thumb and make a "u" gesture with it.

The gestures escalated into verbal confrontations and within minutes a melee erupted. Police say the stories are conflicting, but all agree, kugel, gefilte fish and cole slaw were violently shot around the room.

"It's hard to say who's at fault," said a witness, who wished to remain anonymous, "but it was really bad. I was lucky to come out with just a piece of ptcha on my shirt. Oh right, that was from this morning's kiddush. Forget it."

Community leaders and police officials tried to reiterate that dialog must continue at the same time as police crack down on these gangs. Everyone is thankful that it wasn't as bad as last weeks gang fight between the YU Bluts and the Kvorim. At that fight a 10 year old boy was caught in the crossfire when a piece of matjes herring hit him in the head and fell on the floor. Fortunately the herring was still good and they were able to eat it with a shot of Johnny Walker Black Label.


Pencil Chaim Y got the ball rolling, so you owe him big. He co-founded the TheKnish.com with Martin Bodek, a day which will forever live in famy. His hobbies include gum-chewing, bubblewrap-popping, and comparing chometz horror stories. He lives in a city with people.


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