Monday, May 4, 2009

Crazy Joe Gallo Month at Freebird

Freebird books has dubbed May "Crazy Joe Gallo Month" - a month long celebration of a local celebrity who made the gangster style oh so chic - and enlisted the help of Tom Folsom, author of a new book on Gallo called "The Mad Ones" to make it possible:

Please RSVP to 718-643-8484 or info { at } for the following walking tours (Tom Folsom has kindly offered to lead them on three successive Saturdays).

1 pm, Saturday, May 9--A personal tour of the Carroll Gardens and Red Hook that Joe Gallo and his gang called home (meet at Carroll Park along Smith Street just outside the Carroll Street stop of the F train)
1 pm, Saturday, May 16--same as above
1 pm, Saturday, May 23--same as above

They also have a few other events on deck:

time tbd, Tuesday, May 26
--screening of The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight at the Jalopy Theater down the street at 315 Columbia Street (the film is based on Jimmy Breslin's novel about the Gallo gang and includes many contemporary footage of Red Hook)

time tbd, Saturday, May 30
--an exhibit of photos of the Gallos and the neighborhood as it looked in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s at the
Work Gallery at Union and Van Brunt Streets (one block from the old Gallo headquarters).

Check out Freebird's website for more details.

And check out the promo video for "The Mad Ones" below, which is probably the first video trailer for a book that I recall seeing:

Image at the top from the Joe Gallo wikipedia article

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