Manhattan Mafia Guide:: Hits, Homes & Headquarters
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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.
Joseph Barbara. Over the next two decades, Galante’s loyalty propelled him up the Bonanno family ladder, from consigliere to underboss to acting boss in the 1970s. While acting boss, Galante was said to have made a lot of enemies by incorporating Sicilian Mafia members into his inner circle, leaving the other New York families out of lucrative operations. He waged a war on the Genovese and Gambino families, leading to the murders of at least eight rival family members. It is even said that he
provided muscle for Anthony Strollo’s crew had an arrest record spanning several decades, including burglary, larceny, gambling, assault and “causing an explosion with intent to kill.” On September 18, 1957, Gernie was arrested for his part in a narcotics ring that sold heroin to undercover authorities over a three-month period. Gernie was allegedly present at several of these transactions, which were made at various West Side parking garages and cafés throughout the summer of 1956. When
palace with Poonah bar, Mantra garden, dancing, dining, drinking, divans, psychedelia.” Joe Pistone was officially introduced to a Colombo crime family member here, in January 1977, and gangster turned informer Henry Hill said in his book, A Goodfella’s Guide to New York, “If I stepped in there in its early ’80s reign I would have been killed in ten minutes tops.” Currently, this is the site of an eleven-story apartment complex. HOLIDAY BAR 116 Madison Street, between Market and
part of a brewing war for control of the Colombo family, though Baretto, in critical condition, refused to identify his attacker or cooperate with a police investigation. BILOTTI, THOMAS 210 East Forty-sixth Street, Sparks Steak House As bodyguard to Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti (March 23, 1940–December 16, 1985) became an unfortunate casualty in John Gotti’s drive to become boss of the Gambino crime family. (See Castellano, Paul, below.) BONANNO, JOSEPH Park Avenue at East
Biondo was a veteran gangster of the bootlegging wars with an influential criminal career spanning four decades. It is believed that Biondo was involved in the plot to kill both Salvatore Maranzano in 1931 and Albert Anastasia in 1957. He was a perpetual member of Interpol’s International List of Narcotics Violators6 and alleged overseer of the Mangano/Anastasia family drug-trafficking operations throughout the early 1950s. Around the East Village—the neighborhood where Biondo spent much of his