Meyer Lansky, Chait, and Zwillman were said to be the only leading mobsters with Jewish backgrounds who were in a position to act as peacemakers between the Jewish Mob and the powerful Italian underworld, both locally and nationally.
Meyer (The Little Man) Lansky – aka “Bugs Meyer”, “Bugsy Meyer”, and “Meyer the Bug” – was born in 1902 as Meier Suchowlanski (TN) in Grodno, Poland. He immigrated to the USA in 1911.
For many years, Meyer lived in exclusive sections of the Bronx and midtown Manhattan before permanently relocating down to Miami and eventually the Hallandale section of Florida. He resided for years at 612 Hibiscus Drive in Hallandale.