8 Million Stories, a series of short video portraits of New Yorkers. Enjoy!
Luis Lugo is one of the original members of The Royal Javelins, a Bronx gang that dates back to the late 1960’s. It was in the early 70’s that the Javelins began to make headlines. They had articles written about them and were featured in documentaries as one example of the deteriorating situation that gave the Bronx its’ bad reputation. Lugo brings us to the location of the Javelins old club house in the area close to the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club on Hoe Avenue which was the site of the peace meeting between Bronx gangs in 1971. It was at the Boys Club that Lugo got a part time job in 1974 through their gang outreach program, which he says changed his life. Today, Lugo still holds his part time job at the Boys Club working with the Bronx youth of today. His full time job, well, some would say that it is somewhat unorthordox considering his past.
Luis Lugo is planning to move to Florida when he retires in a couple of years.
Former New York Magazine journalist, Gene Weingarden, wrote this piece which mentions The Royal Javelins: