Cite this Page:John Cassidy, “67 Dove Street ,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed July 19, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/36.
- Site of assassination of "Legs" Diamond prohibition gangster and bootlegger
- Moving on to the less than legal side of the history of alcohol in both Albany and the United States is 67 Dove Street in Albany. The address is the location where gangster and bootlegger Jack “Legs” Diamond was killed execution style on December 18th 1931. Diamond was an Irish American gangster who operated in Philadelphia and New York City and was also an associate to Jewish American gangster Arnold Rothstein who is widely suspected of fixing the 1919 World Series. Diamond was staying in Albany while facing trial in Troy and also had storehouses in Cairo New York. The murder of Diamond like other prohibition era killings shows how the eighteenth amendment jumpstarted organized crime in the United States and the competition for the liquor business included not just gangsters but police and politicians who were the ones suspected of killing Diamond. Today the building contains apartment and office space which is far from surprising as it is unusual to dedicate monuments to underground wars for example the site of the St. Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago is now a vacant lot. While these sites may not be honored with the monuments attributed to other facets of history the underground histories of both the US and other nations have had large repercussions for example Prohibition provided the capitol and influence for the Italian Mafia to rise to the top of the American underworld where they remained for decades or in Colombia where the governments war with drug trafficker Pablo Escobar resulted in two full scale wars with casualties in the thousands.
1. Wikipedia, Jack “Legs” Diamond, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legs_Diamond
2. All Over Albany, Legs Diamond and the Kenmore Hotel, http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2009/05/12/legs-diamond-and-the-kenmore-hotel