The Black Ship is an underworld dive located in New York City. It was owned by a brawny, red-haired proprietor named Red Mike. He would later open his own place -- "Red Mike's" -- in the Hell's Kitchen district, and "Louie" would become the new owner of The Black Ship.
Red Mike's is one of the most most notorious hangouts in the underworld. It has changed locations on various occasions, chiefly after police raids. But the name has traveled with it.
Only the hardest characters formed the habitues of the joint. The aristocrats of the underworld avoided this dive. So do the weaklings. Petty thieves, hop-heads and other small fry are not wanted. Stool pigeons also stay away from Red Mike's.
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