Van Cortlandt Rangers
|Van Cortlandt Rangers|
The logo of the Van Cortlandt Rangers.
|Notable members||Jonah, Herod, Goliath, Caine|
|Territory||Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx|
|Founding||Sometime before May 6, 1978|
The Van Cortlandt Rangers could be identified from their purple and white attire, and were led by Pharaoh. The Van Cortlandt Rangers' territory was Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, and their rivals were the Moonrunners, whose territory was the nearby Trainyard in Pelham.
When Cyrus, the leader of the Gramercy Riffs, called a conclave of New York's gangs, it was held on the Van Cortlandt Rangers' territory. The Rangers were invited to the meeting, where they stood close to the Moonrunners and later witnessed the death of Cyrus at the hands of the Rogues' leader Luther.
 Victory in the "Boogie Down" contest
On April 13, the Van Cortlandt Rangers were able to defeat their rivals the Moonrunners in a "Boogie Down" contest. The Rangers' victory in the contest was later reported by the D.J. on the gang radio station.
 Invading Coney Island
See also: Turf Invasion I
Following their victory in the Boogie Down contest, a group of seven Van Cortlandt Rangers attempted to invade Coney Island in Brooklyn. However, the Van Cortlandt Rangers were defeated by The Warriors, one of Coney's resident gangs.
 Battles with the Moonrunners
On June 4, as part of the ongoing rivalry between the Van Cortlandt Rangers and the Moonrunners, the two gangs battled at the Trainyard in Pelham. The battle was reported by the D.J. on the gang radio station, although the D.J. also noted that the battles between the Van Cortlandt Rangers and Moonrunners were allowing the Turnbull AC's to gain more territory in Pelham.
 The meeting
When the meeting took place in Van Cortlandt Park, the Van Cortlandt Rangers were one of the many gangs that attended the conclave. Nine delegates represented the Rangers at the meeting, where they stood close to the Moonrunners; this was then used by Cyrus as an example of the unity among the gangs while they were under the general truce he had requested. Shortly after this, the Van Cortlandt Rangers and the other gangs in attendance witnessed the death of Cyrus at the hands of the Rogues' leader Luther.
 Behind the scenes
The Van Cortlandt Rangers first appeared in the 1979 film The Warriors, as they were seen in the opening montage and mentioned by Cyrus during the meeting. The Van Cortlandt Rangers later appeared in the 2005 video game The Warriors; in the video game, they were seen and mentioned several times, and their rivalry with the Moonrunners was further examined.
- The Warriors (film) (first appearance)
- The Warriors (video game) - "All-City"
- The Warriors (video game) - "Desperate Dudes"
- The Warriors (video game) - "Turf Invasion I"
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