Giuseppe “Joe The Boss” Masseria, Mafia Boss From East Harlem, NY 1886 – 1931

Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria, January 17, 1886 – April 15, 1931, was an early Italian-American Mafia boss in East Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →


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Vincenzo “The Tiger Of Harlem” Terranova East Harlem NY 1886 – 1922

Vincenzo “the Tiger of Harlem” Terranova, May 1886 – May 8, 1922, was a gangster and an early Italian-American organized crime figure in East Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →


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East Harlem’s Tommy Lucchese Founding Member Of The Italian Mafia 1899 – 1967

Thomas Gaetano Lucchese, born Gaetano Lucchese; Italian; December 1, 1899 – July 13, 1967, was an Italian-American gangster in East Harlem, NY. Continue Reading →


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Ignazio “The Wolf” Lupo, Head Of The Black Hand Gang In East Harlem NY 1877 – 1947

Ignazio Lupo, March 19, 1877 – January 13, 1947, also known as Ignazio Saietta and Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in Italian Harlem, New York, during the early 1900s. Continue Reading →


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Nicholas “Nick” Morello East Harlem, NY 1890-1916

Nicolò Terranova, 1890 – September 7, 1916, also known as Nicholas “Nick” Morello, was one of the first Italian-American organized crime figures who were part of the 107th Street Mob and lived in East Harlem. Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s Mayme Hatcher Johnson (Audio)

The legendary Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915, and moved to New York City in 1938, where she found work as a waitress at a club owned by singer and actress Ethel Waters.

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