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“A dark delight…Stewart raises the bar by laying out these tales in chronological order, tracing the evolution of Bay Ridge through its crimes…well written and compulsively page turning."
Tim McLoughlin, Brooklyn Noir
October 2020: Now Available!
The standalone sequel, More True Crime Bay Ridge, features eleven more stories of thievery, kidnapping and murder, set in the neighborhood from the 1880s to the 1980s. A landlord, gunned down on Gatling Place. A guidance counselor, blown up on 91st Street. A sophomore at Fort Hamilton, executed in Owl's Head Park. Together, they illuminate the neighborhood’s past by focusing on the lives of its unluckiest and most notorious residents, from the bank robbers who ran a roadhouse on 92nd Street to the madam who managed a brothel on 86th Street. More True Crime Bay Ridge uncovers a parallel history of this quiet community, which has long had a place on its margins for the dissolute and the doomed.
“Nobody knows Bay Ridge quite like Henry Stewart. Get ready for another wild ride: in punchy tabloid style, this is a bullet-spattered journey to the end of Brooklyn you’ll never forget.” — Kevin Walsh, Forgotten New York
World-famous kidnappers, shot outside a Shore Road mansion.
A local barfly, burned alive in her Ridge Boulevard apartment.
A third-grader at St. Anselm’s, plucked off Third Avenue. These
are just a few of the true tales of murder, kidnapping and gunplay
featured in this collection, culled from the blog Hey Ridge, each set on the streets and in the homes of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Did the Mafia dump bodies on Oliver Street? Was a would-be serial killer bludgeoning his victims near Flagg Court? Using contemporary newspaper accounts, as well as trial transcripts and out-of-print books, local historian Henry Stewart assembles vivid accounts of the crimes, the victims, the perpetrators and the neighborhood, revealing that this sleepy, suburban community has always had a darker side—which many residents would sooner forget.