National Affairs: Gashouse Trio

The Gashouse is what old Tammanyites call New York's 16th Congressional District, a long, jagged strip of Manhattan Island that touches Park Avenue, stretches across proletarian jungles under roaring elevated lines and brings up at the piers of the murky East River. There lived and reigned such Tammany greats as Richard Croker and Boss Charles Murphy and in the Gashouse stands Tammany Hall itself. There today live some of Manhattan's poorest and some of its richest, for just uptown from the East River gas tanks that gave the district its name, the rich...

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