Friday, May 22, 2009

Crazy Joe Gallo month takes the neighborhood by storm

Last week, we were fortunate enough to join the 2nd installment of the Crazy Joe Gallo tour through the neighborhood, led by Tom Folsom, author of "The Mad Ones," and sponsored by Freebird Books.

Anyone interested in neighborhood history or NYC history in general should definitely check out this tour (the last installment of which is tomorrow, Saturday 5/23, at 1pm and is free). There will also be a screening of the Gallo themed movie "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" at Jalopy on Tuesday 5/26 and some pictures from the period at Work on 5/30. Check out details on Freebird's events page.

Also check out our interview with Tom Folsom here and a sneak peak of the tour below:

To learn about the history of these sites and others, you'll have to go on the tour or read the book!

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Crazy Joe Gallo Exhibition in Little Italy NYC said...



Gangland’s notorious past is present at a new gallery retrospective on the life and times of enigmatic gang leader Joey Gallo, mere steps away from the spot where “Crazy Joe" fell.

Among the items on display through early 2011 are vivid photographs from Gallo's personal album as well as notebooks and letters confiscated from Gallo during a 10-year prison sentence.

Four decades after the fact, Gallo’s slaying remains unsolved – but theories are plentiful. Some say revenge for a pastry shop burglary. Others point to older scores, belatedly settled with bullets. But even as Gallo lay bleeding on asphalt, his legend lived and breathed in the streets of New York City.

MOB SCENE offers revolving exhibits of gangland history in contrast with Hollywood versions of the underworld. Hosted by Casino /Analyze This/Kill The Irishman actor Vinny Vella Sr., a Little Italy native.

WHERE: 396 Broome Street – between Mulberry & Centre Market.

With an unobstructed view of old Police Headquarters, MOB Scene sits beside the former NYPD evidence vault where the heroin seized during the 'French Connection' case mysteriously vanished in the early 1970s.

In 1912, the gallery was a pool hall called "Little Rock", a hangout of top underworld figures and where the NYPD's "Killer Cop" Charles Becker brutally maimed two neighborhood youths -- three years before he was executed in the Sing Sing electric chair.

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2010 - Spring 2011



Vinny Vella Sr.: 1-855-MOB-SEEN