Castellammarese War The Battle To Control The Italian-American Mafia From Harlem To Hollis

The Castellammarese War was a bloody power struggle for control of the Italian-American Mafia that took place from East Harlem to Hollis Queens, NY.

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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 →

Pleasant Avenue Home Of Rao’s, The Purple Gang, The Giglio Society And More In The East Harlem 1879 –

Pleasant Avenue is a north-south street in the East Harlem neighborhood that begins at E. 114th Street and ends at E. 120th Street. Continue Reading →

The Legendary Giglio Society Of East Harlem New York City

Giglio Society of East Harlem is a non-profit Italian-American society located in East Harlem, New York, that sponsors an annual feast honoring their patron saint, Saint Anthony. Continue Reading →

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 →

East Harlem’s Char-Ko-Lette AKA Colonial Tea Room, 1940’s

There is a long tradition of Tea in Harlem as we discussed in this article A Short History Of Tea In Harlem from 2012. Another Tea Room to add to that list is the Char-Ko-Lette aka the Colonial Tea Room at 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, NY, 1949. Continue Reading →