"The Warriors" Movie: In 1979, the Street Gang the Coney Island Warriors made their Famous Trip - From Coney Island to Dyre Avenue/Eastchester in the Bronx - which would Change Their Lives Forever!. March 27, 2006, I Documented their Legendary Trip. "It's still on, and we're going. Cyrus sent an emissary this afternoon to make sure. Cyrus don't want anybody packed or anybody flexing any muscle. So I gave him my word that the Warriors would uphold the truce. Everybody says that Cyrus is the one and only. I think we'd better go have a look for ourself."
From Stillwells and Ocean Avenue, you take the Q Train to Union Square, that is where you catch the Number 5 Bronx train to Eastchester.
"We ain't been to the Bronx before!"
"No sweat! This Conclave is going to be a big item, every gang in the city is going to be there!"
The Big CI Coney Island
"We Fought All Night to Get Back to this?"
Wonderwheel, The Cyclone, and the Observation Tower
Q Train leaving Stillwells Station, you can see the world famous Cyclone Roller Coaster, the observation tower, the Wonderwheel, and the Ocean in the background.
"Were goin in there with nothing! Were goin in their like everybody else - nine guys, no weapons!"
At the Q line curve (East 16th Street) - Taggings on Buildings
The Q Train runs along Ocean Parkway, curves and heads up East 16th Street until it hits Prospect Park and runs along Flatbush Avenue.
"What do you know about Cyrus? He's the One and Only!"
Union Square - 14th Street Station - Little Break in the Action
On my way down the ramp to pick up the Number 5 Bronx bound Lexington, I did not get delayed by the Punks or the Baseball Furies, but I did run into the Gray Lady Mime.
"You never what you're gonna run into. In our colours, we can't hide."
"Who wants to hide?"
42nd Street - Grand Central Station
"42nd Street - Next Stop!" Made it to Grand Central. Now pick up the number 5 Bronx bound train.
"That's our train!"
Lexington Number 5 Sights and Scenes
Morris Park Station - we are in the Bronx.
Passing Prospect Avenue
Passing Gun Hill Road
Dyre Avenue - Eastchester Final Stop
We made it! Dyre Avenue Station, the last stop on the Number 5. Now to make it to the Conclave to meet Cyrus.
Standing on the station platform, you can imagine the various gangs coming into the station and heading down the steps on their way to the Conclave.
Scenes of the Dyre Avenue Hood
Not much in the way of a cemetery in the area, as I walked around looking for the Conclave. Today, the area seems to be desserted, or just a commuter stop.
Picture taken from the Dyre Avenue Station platform.
Reminds me of the neighborhood the Orphans were from.
Number 4 (Muggers' Express) Woodlawn Station
You have to wonder if the producer of the Warriors wanted us to imagine where the location of the Conclave was really at, because it seems like the Woodlawn line (aka. Muggers' Express), Route 4, would have been a better choice since across the street from the Woodlawn Station is the famous Civil War era Woodlawn Cemetery?
Retracing The Warriors By Subway Lines
- Looking at the MTA Subway Map, and considering that the map in the movie showed them taking the Number 5 Train to Eastchester, I would have to assume after the Warriors were chased by the Turnbull A.C's, they rode the Number 5 down as far as Morris Park before they were detoured by the subway line fire. That way they could walk to the Pelham Parkway Station and pick up the Number 2 line. If they were able to make it down as far as the 149th Street and Grand Concourse Station, they would be able to run between the B, D, 2, 4, 5, and 6 Lines. I assume that is what the Director wanted us to think.
- After watching the Directors-cut DVD, you find that the producer wanted you to come to your own conclusion to the various questions that you have about the famous trip. He gave you the map on where the Warriors arrived, and I think the rest is up to your imagination on where the following events took place.
- The subway map in "The Warriors" movie, showed that the "D", "M", "Q", and "B" trains made the Brighton Beach Coney Island loop. Today, the "B" train stops at Brighton Beach and the "M" train travels on the Fourth Avenue/New Utrecht line. The "Q" Train is the only train that still travels to Coney Island via the Brighton line. The trains that travel to and from Coney Island are the D, F, N, and Q lines. The N and D Trains connect to the number 4, 5, and 6 Bronx bound trains at the Broadway-Lafayette Street Station. The F Train connects to those lines at the Canal Street Station. The Q and the N Trains are the only two trains making the Union Square - 14th Street connection, but the Q train is the only one that swings out towards Brighton Beach from the Stillwell's station like the 1970 Subway map in the movie. The N train also runs through Bay Ridge instead of running either the Culver or Brighton Lines. Like the Fox said to Rembrant, "Nobody can read these maps anyways!"
- I could not find Cyrus, the Turnbull A.C's, the Rogues, or the rest of the gangs at either location, but I wanted everyone to know - The Gaylords were there! "Lords of Kilbourn"
- New York City Filming Location for The Warriors - Great website that takes you through the filming loacations in the movie.
The 12th Street Players were a formed in the late 1960s in Cicero, Il., on the corners of Roosevelt Road and Austin Avenue. They were comprised mostly of Italian-Americans, and later, Slavic-Americans. Territory extended from Roosevelt Road to the North, to 16th Street on the South and Cicero Avenue on the East.
12th Street Player Mural
Although they originated from Roosevelt and Austin, the club had expanded into a number of different territorial areas. The early 80's saw the Players spread into Berwyn ( Freedom Park at 37th and East Ave), and in the mid-to-late 80s, into Lyons, Brookfield, Lagrange and Countryside. The Countryside crew, started in 1987, was the only People gang being represented in the area, excluding the Latin Kings from Lenzi Ave,Hodgkins, Illinois. The primary focus of the Players in Brookfield, Lagrange, and Countryside was the contention with overwhelming Folks Alliance member gangs; 2-6 (now Gangsta 2-6), 2-2 Boys, Black Gangster Disciples (now Gangsta Disciples), and a few Simon City Royals. 1990 saw the set close, with members moving away, or showing their American pride prevalent among all Stoned Greaser gangs; joining the U.S. Military.
Extreme warfare between the 12th Street Players and various Folk gangs and former allies, the Latin Kings, and Latin Counts in the Grant Works and The Island (Roosevelt Rd. and Austin Ave.) sections of Cicero, and police pressure, caused the 12th Street Players to abandon their original corners in the early 1990s.
By the mid-1990s, the 12th Street Players made a comeback, setting up a new headquarters in the Clearing District of Chicago. The 12th Street Players are the only gang in the history of Chicago to make such a comeback, mostly in part to leader Jake Lane who was later indicted on weapons charges.
The 1990s were a very turbulent time for the Alliances, and tested loyalties to race, set, and neighborhoods. The 12th Street Players were not immune. As with the other white clubs within the City of Chicago and suburbs, the 12th Street Players were feeling the pressure of mass immigration into their neighborhoods. As many of the Greaser clubs from the 1950s and 1960's were formed to protect their neighborhoods, the Latino population kept growing, with inevitable circumstances. The Latin Kings, with their cousins the Latin Counts, began to heavily recruit in the once exclusively white suburb of Cicero, Il.. They found no lack of recruits, as the demographics of the near West suburb were shifting to a largely Latino population, much to the dismay of the Folk gangs present, and even to "allies" such as the 12th Street Players, and the Noble Knights. The battles over territory were inevitable, and the one-time allies were now bitter enemies. With the lack of recruits, and overpowered by sheer numbers, the Players eventually gave up their original stronghold on Roosevelt Road and Austin Ave.
12th Street Players Card and Symbols
Signs and Symbols
The group's colors are black and white, and their symbols are a 5-point star and a Playboy bunny. The Player symbol, the bunny, should not be confused with the bunny used by Gangsta 2-6, which has one ear bent in the middle.