Articles by Neil Clark

Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront

Edward J. McGrath, or “The Big Guy”, as he was known around the docks, started out as a small-time bootlegger during Prohibition. Originally from the East Side of Manhattan, McGrath fell in with a group of West Side hijackers, including his future brother-in-law John “Cockeye” Dunn, while serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for burglary. Other key members of his gang would eventually include Andrew “Squint” Sheridan, the Bell brothers, George Daggett, Joe Butler,…