It is said that this Barrio’s beginnings are traced back to the 1940's HUNTER STREET GANG in Boyle Heights. Some members of this gang were relocated to the Estrada Courts Projects government-subsidized housing when the Santa Ana Freeway was built, destroying their homes. Until that time the Projects had been inhabited by working-class Mexican-American families and lower-middle-class Anglos.
By the start of the 50s, with the settlement there of gang members from Hunter Street, and with the transient nature of in-and-out residents of the Projects, there emerged a gang that became known as VARRIO NUEVO. Later the gang added the ESTRADA name part of the Projects (ECTS was actually a seperate varrio in the beginning, known as Estrada Courts/Eastmont courts) –thus Varrio Nuevo Estrada was born.
Because the complex was so large (more than 500 units), and the rents were lower than other nearby housing, there was an abundance of low-income families with a large number of youngsters who continuously moved in, these would add large numbers of members to the rank and file of the gang. Many same age cliques were formed, and sometimes these cliques had conflict with each other, however older veteranos intervened to cool off the younger heads and reminded them that they belonged to the same barrio.
The barrio became so large and strong that it has expanded beyond its original boundaries (the Projects) to incorporate contested areas.
Varrio Nuevo Estrada is now one of the biggest barrios in East Los Angeles.
These are some of VNE clikas
DIABLOS - DBLS
MALOS - MLS
TINY LOCOS - TLS
COURTS - CTS
TIC TOCKS - TTS
TINY WINOS - TWS
PRIMOS - PRS - ANTELOPE VALLEY
TINY PRIMOS - TPS - LAS VEGAS