East Harlem’s Ciro “The Artichoke King” Terranova, Morello Crime Family Underboss 1880 -1938

Ciro Terranova, July 20, 1888 − February 20, 1938, was an Italian-born in New York gangster and one time underboss of the Morello crime family. Continue Reading →


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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 →


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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 →


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East Harlem’s Vito Anthony Marcantonio, Seven-Term U.S. Congressman (Video)

Vito Anthony Marcantonio, December 10, 1902 – August 9, 1954, was an Italian-American lawyer and communist politician. Continue Reading →


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East Harlem Fireball Kathrine Narducci (Video)

Kathrine Narducci, born in 1965, to an Italian-American family grew up in Italian Harlem, New York.

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The Notorious East Harlem Purple Gang, In Little Italy, New York, 1970’s-1980’s

The East Harlem Purple Gang was a semi-independent gang of Italian American hit-men and heroin dealers who, according to federal prosecutors, dominated heroin distribution in East Harlem and the Bronx during the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York City. Continue Reading →


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