Follow and ye shall be Knighted !!!



Twitter Follow

Follow KINGOFNYHACKS on Twitter

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mob Scene Gallery, New York City Gangland, and The KONYH

If you ever find yourself in Little Italy and spot a building that looks like our Capitol Building, then you know you are walking where New York City was once a Gangland.

This is the old Police Headquarters where the likes of Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Eddie McGrath, and Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo did their best to stay out of during an era of organized crime that is historic to New York City. This building is incredible and hard to believe it was once the main precinct in the city. It is now used for private residences. The King doesn't have enough tips to move there...YET.  ;-) 

So when you see the awning with The Statue of Liberty holding a Tommy know you've arrived at The Mob Scene Gallery in Little Italy. "Hey Statue, drop the gun and get me a cannoli !!" ..Who doesn't know all the lines to The Godfather ?

MOB Scene Gallery sits beside the former NYPD evidence vault where heroin seized in the 1960s 'French Connection' case mysteriously vanished. You can see in the reflection of the door the  tenements of Little Italy where not long ago, many offers were made that you couldn't refuse.

Enlarge the pic but I'll briefly tell you what The plaque says "ON THIS SPOT , once operated "Little Rock's Pool Hall, Hangout of the Monk Eastman Gang and the scene of a brutal attack on neighborhood youths by corrupt NYPD Lieutenant Charles Becker, who was executed three years later in the Sing Sing Prison electric chair.

Born in 1873 to a respectable New York family, Monk became a badass in Manhattan’s rough Lower East Side by the age of eighteen. He found work as a bouncer—when the saloon owner first turned him down because he had two bouncers already, Monk beat them both up and was promptly hired in their place. He soon developed a loyal following of immigrant toughs, and by 1900, he was the most feared gang leader in lower Manhattan, protected by corrupt politicians and crooked cops, and commanding an army of two thousand pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and thugs.

After the United States entered World War I in 1917, the 42-year old Eastman decided to join the Army. During his military physical, the doctor observed all the knife and bullet scars on Eastman's body and asked him which wars he had been in; Eastman replied, "Oh! A lot of little wars around New York.".[8] Eastman ended up serving in France with "O'Ryan's Roughnecks", the 106th Infantry Regiment of the 27th Infantry Division. After Eastman's discharge in 1919, the Governor of New York, Al Smith, recognized Eastman's honorable service by restoring his U.S. citizenship.

A lot of history came out of this small spot in NYC.

This is a pic inside the museum where an exhibition of Legend Crazy Joe Gallo is on display...
Gallo started as an enforcer and hitman for Joe Profaci. Gallo's reputation soared when it was suspected that he was lead gunmen in the execution of Albert Anastasia in 1957. The owner of this gallery actually owns the infamous barber "Barber Chair # 4" where Anastasia was rubbed out...He acquired it from Henny Youngman the famous comedian who always said " Take my wife Please ! ".

Old dial phone probably  used in bookmaking and numbers...The King had a phone like this growing up, kids today have no idea what it is !!

The ole dial that if you messed up you had to start all over again dialing the number...I remember when the first push button phones came out and we thought we were cool if we had one that made new sounds that if you hit the numbers right you could play a song and impress your you could play the London Philharmonic live over your cell phone !! Man these kids today got it made !!

Hmmph I feel like an old fart !!

The museum has many interesting artifacts and changes as the year goes by...this item is one of John Gotti's ties...The Dapper Don's tie.

Gangster shoes.

Joseph "Crazy Joe" Gallo...gunned down April 7, 1972 while celebrating his 43'rd birthday at Umbertos Clam House in Little Italy.

Joe Gallo's funeral card.

This is a pic of Crazy Joe Gallo and Armando "Mando" Illiano at a birthday party for Lisa Essary who was Joe Gallo's new daughter by marriage. The slogan "Jive Ass" which is on the upper right wall was the nickname for the birthday girl.

Fashion, Hair and furniture of another time...

The picture below was from The New York Daily News.

"These are good boys" Sista Baez told newsman after the Gallo Gang stormed her Brooklyn apartment to rescue six young children from a mattress fire. Crazy Joe Gallo's brother Albert Jr. (center) was among the daring participants as well as Frank Illiano (far right) and Anthony Abbatamarco (far left). It was Joseph Profaci's refusal to carve up rackets belonging to Abbatamarco's dead father that instigated warring between the two factions. (Pic  Arthur Nash collection)

21 year old Joe Gallo.

This is Arthur Nash below,  right before he pulled out his Tommy Gun and shot my NYC Taxi to smithereens !!!
Ha !!

No way, Arthur Nash couldn't have been nicer to the King.

Arthur Nash is an historical archivist and author based in New York City and the curator of 'MADE in America', the first public exhibition addressing Organized Crime's sway on Pop Culture in the United States.

Nash is a major contributor to John Walsh's National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C., as well as the Biography Channel's documentary series 'Murder, Inc.'
He gave me a tour of his brilliant gallery and told me stories that as a New Yorker I appreciated even more...He knows his New York big time, and if you should find yourself in Little Italy, be sure and visit 396 Broome Street, Little Italy between Mulberry & Centre and check out MOB Scene Museum where not only will you get to see some real authentic Mob memorabilia, but he has cool shirts and other accessories to make you remember your visit..very cool...Tell Arthur The King sent ya...but leave the gun, bring him a cannoli.. C'mon !! Thats my favorite line !!  :-)  ...if you don't you'll sleep with the fishes !! C'mon !! My second favorite line !! ...ok...just visit Mob Scene and get the feel of NYC. Nuff said.

New York City Gangland - Arthur Nash ..A must have book for any collector of organized crime history. With rare pictures of Bugsy Siegal, Mayor LaGuardia, a formal picture of Lucky Luciano to a class picture with Peter Gotti. Also, there are pictures in the book from John Gotti's private collection that show the stroller and carriage that belonged to Victoria Gotti who was just 2 months old when the portraits were taken. Wow. Arthur Nash has  preserved some real NYC history in this book folks.  This is a fast and fascinating pictorial read that you won't forget.

Gotta love the little museums that pack a big punch in NYC ...I always wanted to shoot a Tommy Gun and scream Top o the World Ma !! ...but I think I'll stick with what I know and remain behind the wheel of my taxi and eat a cannoli as I remain.... The King of New York Hacks.

Peace out Cannoli eaters. 


  1. wow what an interesting post chalk full of NYC history...loved it :)

  2. Awesome history! I have a rotary phone like that on my desk at school. One of the students last year saw the alphabet on it, just like their cell phone, and asked me "How did you text on that?"

  3. Thanks for the history lesson! Fascinating!

  4. Interesting!!!!
    I have been to NYC twice in my life. Loved it.
    I have never eaten a cannoli.

  5. That was a great history lesson! I'll be looking closer next time in little italy!

  6. Here's one more for cannoli, oh yeah. We have Cannoli Joe's here, but I'm sure it can't compare to what's available in Little Italy.

    You sure livin' the life, King!! All that history. yeah, I wanna visit the museum and get me a commemorative mob tee!! :)

    Been a long time since I saw both The God Father and The French Connection. I'm due.

    And it really brings a happy tear to my eye to see the little badge I made for you still up top of your site. To see you appreciate the little bit of art I made to honor your friendship really touches me, King!


  7. This history starts before my time, but the dial phone I remember! Gosh - even some of the fashion is very familiar! Enjoyed your post.

  8. Though I lived in the Boston area about forty years ago - for about five years - I never spent much time in New York. If I'd had you for a tour guide, I'd have appreciated it more.

    You definitely add that special touch by pointing out the unusual things folks shouldn't miss on their visits. If I ever make it back to NY, I will have to consult you FIRST, that's a given.

    San Francisco has its own Italian section, though I don't think it has such colorful gansters as New York. There are some pretty great bakeries, though!

  9. I love this - you are so freakin' chock full of history. Amazing stuff.

  10. Boy, you certainly know your history! What a treasure trove of info you have here. Fascinating.

  11. Enjoyed the tour of NY mobsterism. And I do remember those phones. Rotary dial.

  12. Love it!

    I've read many books, by the way, on the subject of the Manhattan that used to be. Turn of the century NYC -- could there have been a more wretched/morbid series of neighborhoods?!


  13. Great Stuff here King!!

    I LOVE cannolis!!

    Just popping over to tell you to stay safe!!! Sending prayers out to all of you in the city!! Up North here I don't think we will get anything!

  14. ~ wow! ~ what an awesome post about those fast-livin' mac daddies! *ha! What a fun place to visit!! & omg ROTARY PHONES..!!!you're totally right...when the touch-tones came along, whoa!, space-age!, and then some of us "spoiled" only children actually got our own phone-line in our rooms! and that's when you knew you were suuuperr cool.
    * ; p
    til yer drunk dad ripped it out of the wall cuz you were on the phone too GD much...*haha good times.

  15. Mmm, cannoli. Thanks, King, that was an interesting history lesson.

  16. An interesting trip in to NY's past. Such a cool city with so much history.

  17. Oh I'd love to live in one of those private residences...what a stunning building it is...and with all that interesting history as well. Wish I could wriggle my nose and be in Little Italy now...