The East Side collectively refers to the portions of New York City's island of Manhattan that neighbor the East River, facing the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It is separated from Manhattan's West Side by Fifth Avenue, Central Park and Broadway. The East Side includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of East Harlem, Yorkville, the Upper East Side, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Kips Bay, Gramercy, the East Village and the Lower East Side.

The Purple Dragons refers to themselves as the "toughest gang from the Lower East Side".

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