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Quite simply, before the Bloods and Crips made their journey from the West Coast to New York, there were the Decepticons. If you were older than eight years old and living in New York City in the late 1980s, chances are you know about the Decepticons gang, a smash-and-grab band of thugs who ruled Brooklyn, instilling fear from subway trains to street corners to project hallways. From 1986 to the early-1990s, they were notorious for vicious attacks and thievery on innocent, everyday people. They were almost mythical in the paranoia they created. takes an in-depth look at the gang in a two-part feature titled The Decepticons: Gangs Of New York.

Read the first part here.

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