Hispanic gangs in the City of Los Angeles, California – Boyle Heights area

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Situated just east of the Los Angeles river, Boyle Heights has long been a gateway for newcomers to the city. From the 1920s to the 1950s it was Los Angeles’ most heterogenous neighborhood, serving as home to large concentrations of Jews, Mexicans, and Japanese Americans, as well as Russian Molokans, African Americans, and people of Armenian, Italian, and Chinese descent. Today the neighborhood is primarily Latino, and it continues to serve as a port-of-entry for a number of the city’s immigrant groups.

The nearly 100-year old Jewish synagogue, Breed Street Synagogue also known as the Congregation Talmud Torah of Los Angeles still sits on Breed Street in Boyle Heights. Although it is currently not open, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The was the heart of Jewish life during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Much of the Jewish history in Boyle Heights has been preserved, but in 1994, the Los Angeles City Council and the County Board of Supervisors changed the name of Brooklyn Avenue, previously the center of Jewish culture and life, to César Chávez Avenue.

One of that last Jewish owned businesses in the area was Zellman’s, a mens clothing and apparel store at 2306 Brooklyn Avenue. The Zellman family opened their clothing store in 1921 selling suits and shirts, but they continued operating the store years after Jewish flight, serving the Hispanic community until 1999.

The gangs in Boyle Heights identify with East Los Angeles (East LOS / ELA) but the jurisdiction of East Los Angeles is east of Indiana which is unincorporated Los Angeles County policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, and Boyle Heights is in the City of Los Angeles, policed by the Hollenbeck Department of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Gangs in the Boyle Heights area of the City Los Angeles

  1. 8th Street
  2. Big Hazard (BH)
  3. Boyle Heights [inactive]
  4. Breed Street
  5. Cuatro Flats
  6. East LA Dukes
  7. Evergreen
  8. Fickette [inactive]
  9. Ghetto Style Crew (GSC)
  10. Krazy Ass Mexicans (KAM)
  11. Lil East Side (LES)
  12. Michigan Chicano Force (MCF)
  13. Primera Flats
  14. Opal Street
  15. Sentinel Boys (SBS)
  16. State Street
  17. The Mob Crew (TMC)
  18. Tiny Boys
  19. Varrio Nuevo Estrada (VNE)
  20. Vicky’s Town
  21. Wabash [inactive]
  22. White Fence (WF)

21 active gang neighborhoods

310 Comments for “Hispanic gangs in the City of Los Angeles, California – Boyle Heights area”

  1. mr scope

    The guys from breed dont exist.. east la dont exist..as a matter of fact everybody claims the same streets.. ha ha.. kam ,dont exist michigan all you girls live in fantasy land.. killing for nothing… all you guys are a bunch of rats… its easy to kill somebody..you lames live a minute away from eachother and claim to be killers.. your hinas have u by ur balls.. i see the news u guys aint killing anybody.. a bunch of softies.. tweekers afraid to live a normal life… .. fuck u gangsters… wish death on all u guys…

  2. Matt

    I think your wrong about the last Jewish business on Brooklyn. I think it was a window glass store one block east of the fire station. I remember the guy very well going and leaving his business. The picture of the clothes store should be corrected or do more research

  3. F.M.T

    -V- ES.KAMSTERS.13 Fairmount Block Come Get Some Bitches

  4. NurseJ

    OH MY GOODNESS… sorry to be the one to judge but you guys sound like a bunch of idiots. Get your asses out of this ridiculousness and go to school, study, get a degree and work. I promise you will feel more proud of what you have accomplished with your brain and hard work than with speaking like this and shooting one another. I am 100% Mexican, first one to graduate college, and this is embarrassing to my culture. It’s no wonder other races see us like dumbasses. SO disappointed.

    • denah

      I agree. I’m half black and half white, and no matter what your race, this is sad and sorry for all of us. The part that is the most ridiculous: none of these people OWN PROPERTY…why are you so adamant that this is “your barrio” “your corner” when you didn’t even put in on this man! AND, check out the history of LA, it was built by blacks, mexicans, asians, native americans and all the mixes thereof-stop hating each other and do something positive. So sick of this shit.

  5. kartoon R.I.P

    ESKCCGANG UP IN THIS BITCH!

  6. big silent

    East side clarence gang.

  7. east side clarencia gang.

    Big clarence street 3Ce lokotes.

  8. Lil Kreeps

    I KNOW ALL YOU FOO’S DONT TO SAY MY VARRIO NAME HAHA BUT THE BADEST SICKEST BIGEEST AND STILL GANGBANGING SINCE 1930 IS THAT BIG VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA 13 GANG DONT ACT LIKE YOU VATOS DONT KNOW BUT WE OWN ALL BXHTS

    • kuruption SSL CVG

      Foo ur tripping ain’t nothing cracking over there all real shit goes down on this SIDE ES STATE STR LOCOS 2000 BLOCK KIGEES ALL DAY

      • KAMEXIKANS2400

        V KAM 13 FMT ST STAYS AKTIVE 24 7! FUCK STATER BITCHES GET OFF THE DICK LAMES TALKING BOUT 2000 block HAHA!!! U FUCKING FRAUDGELENT FAGGS ..EAST 2400 BLK KAM GANGSTERS GOT THIS SHIT ON LOCK U BITCHES GET SPARKED ON SITE !! WE OUT LOS KAMSTERS 13 …FUCK THE REST

  9. smiley

    Es.HiickS13 gang! Fuck kamotes bams ha funny catt lilbiitch
    … East los Og Hicks biys stoners ,

  10. smiley

    BARRIIO EAST SIDE HIICKS 13GANG! Fck mv , kam , sbs , wanna b muskiiee hood dpg , and more somos los Hiicksteros still active … We by city terrace OG Hiicks Boys Stoners Hiicks street , East los and boyle hts … Soyy smiley loko perro loko

  11. El Chamuco

    All you cholas are a bunch of bitches talking all kinds of shit on the internet. But that good that’s why crime rate has fallen do to you stupid asses being at home on ur computer talking shit. Keep on the good work and stay at home punk asses.

  12. choloprime

    Does anyone know a dude that hangs around chicago ave. He goes by the name of Monster, looks like he had an accident and doesnt speak correctly. Looks legit. Does anyone know his story?

  13. DEE.MAN

    GHETTO STYLE CREW
    WE STILL HERE
    CRAZY ACTIVE DRUNKS CLICK
    NEVER SHOWING WEAKNESS
    ES.GSC.C.A.D..N.S.W”
    FUCK KAMOTES
    DIRTY PANOCHAS DPGKILLA

  14. DEE.MAN

    Ghetto style crew still in da boyle heights area
    Jajaja aic bitches never took out no one run to ur lovers da chicks
    East Side GSC.CAD.NSW
    GHETTO STYLE CREW
    CRAZIE ACTIVE DRUNKS
    NEVER SHOWING WEAKNESS
    187 DPG.KAM.BSO.BCM.AV.NHC

  15. boyleheights96

    Shut up you stupid cholos. Cant do nothing with your life. Hahaha stop thriwing up your little gangs right here on the internet! Haha

  16. TxBLIFE

    E.Side TINYBOYS 13 GANG CH.ST.LS FUK BREADSTICKS T’s up B’s down

  17. rebecca cobb

    This is just hilarious! All u chicanos should all have each others backs nobody owns the streets but the city of LA ITS REDICULOUS

  18. LIL BoY 8St

    Fuk HuEvOs EsS PuRo CaLLe OcHo ThAt WiCkEd WooDs Ful My LaMe aSS EnEmIgAs.

    • VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA X3 GANG

      Fuck fake st dumb lil kids always getting slap around like jokes we own you weak bitches donr forget your so call hood is our hood BIG EASTSIDE VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA GANG

  19. LIL BoY 8St

    PuRo EaSt SiDe OcHeRoS GaNg LeVaS

  20. Tboys

    ES.V.TINYBOYS.X3 GANG CH.ST.LS FUK CHEESE LA U FOOS R NOTHING BUT LAMES…TB NO MASS

  21. Tboys

    V.TINY-BOYS 13 RIFA

  22. VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA X3 GANG

    Eastside VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA GANG LIKE IT OR NOT EAST L.A AND BOYLE HEIGHTS BELONG TO US FUCKEN LAMES.

  23. VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA X3 GANG

    Eastside VNE GANG

  24. freethehomies

    FREE THE HOMIE BAM BAM DE KAM GANG KS UP HOES DOWN

  25. V.TINYxBOYS.13

    VARRIO.TINYxBOYS.X3 GANG NUFF SAID!!!

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