Manhattan Mafia Guide:: Hits, Homes & Headquarters
During the early twentieth century, Sicilian and Southern Italian immigrants poured into New York City. Looking to escape poverty and persecution at home, they soon discovered that certain criminal enterprises followed them to America. Before any codes of honor were established in the New World, violent bosses wreaked havoc on their communities in their quest to rule the underworld. It took several decades for the Mafia to mature into a contemporary organized crime syndicate. Some names and places from both eras are still infamous today, like Frank Costello and the Copacabana, while some have remained hidden in absolute secrecy until now. Walk in their footsteps as New York City author Eric Ferrara explores the myths and realities of one of America's most feared and fascinating subjects.
York City at age twenty-nine on May 26, 1921, aboard the SS Providence. Here, he went to work for the Castellammarese-based Nicola Schiro crime family, for whom he ran a bootlegging crew and formed lifelong friendships with the likes of young Carmine Galante and Joseph Bonanno. After the 1943 murder of Carlo Tresca, one theory arose that suggested Garofalo arranged the assassination because Tresca personally insulted him at a social event,53 though this is an unlikely scenario. Garofalo was
celebration for workers when New York City canceled its Labor Day Parade due to high unemployment rates. This outing turned into a popular annual event at Duer’s Park in Whitestone, Queens. Though the Loyal Labor Legion gained a lot of steam and popularity, it seems to have disappeared after Kelly’s death in 1936. According to the testimony of Joe Valachi, Kelly was doing business with the Mafia well into the 1930s, toward the very end of the gangster’s colorful and influential life. LANZA,
Italians dug the subway tunnels, swept the streets, unloaded cargo ships, sewed the clothing most Americans were wearing and built the structures many of us are living in now, literally brick by brick. Italians introduced native delicacies, arts, opera and theatrical works that would earn the adoration of the American public. They were successful in banking, sports and politics; established pioneering publishing ventures; became active in trade unions; organized social and political clubs; and
In the 1970s, this was a diner run by Bonanno soldier Anthony Mirra. It is the place where he first became friendly with Detective Joseph Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. A Chinese restaurant has occupied this location for several years. CAFFE DANTE 81 McDougal Street, between West Houston and Bleecker Streets This is one of the few twentieth-century mob hangouts that still exists and retains much of the social club atmosphere once experienced by Genovese crime family members like Vincent
Beyond that, the trail pretty much dries up for Alphonso Attardi. If we are to believe the 1968 claims of Jim Carra, who was admittedly speaking in anonymity under an assumed name, the gangster was initiated into a Sicilian Mafia organization as a teenager before immigrating to New York City in 1919. Here, he started as a bootlegger working for the D’Aquila crime family in the 1920s and went on to watch the Mafia evolve in its most formative years. “The honor, respect and morality that had been