A mob hit gone wrong on East 79th Street

On April 7, 1972, Colombo crime family racketeer Joseph “Crazy Joe” Gallo (below) was gunned down in Little Italy—celebrating his 43rd birthday at Umberto’s Clam House, no less.

His murder had to be avenged. So on August 11, a hit man was hired to take out the four Colombo loyalists behind Gallo’s slaying.

The hit man was told to go to Neapolitan Noodle, at 320 East 79th Street, and that his four targets were sitting at the bar.

The Colombo mobsters had been at the bar—but they got up and went to a table. Four kosher meat sellers who had nothing to do with the mafia took their places, each having a drink while waiting for their wives.

But the hit man didn’t realize this and gunned down the four meat sellers. Two died and two were wounded. No one was ever charged for these accidental, gruesome slayings.

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9 Responses to “A mob hit gone wrong on East 79th Street”

  1. Crazy Joe Gallo’s last moments in Little Italy « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] What happened when Gallo loyalists tried to avenge his murder? Here’s the story of a hit gone very, very wrong. […]

  2. chas Says:

    Joey Gallo and his crew ran the redhook section of broolyn for years, and supposedly were part of the crew that hit Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia of famed Murder, inc…quite a legacy.

  3. chas Says:

    Joey Gallo and his crew ran the redhook section of brooklyn for years, and supposedly were part of the crew that hit Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia of famed Murder, inc…quite a legacy.

  4. New York City Gangland Says:

    Check out never-before-published images of “Crazy Joe” and his gang in the new photo book “New York City Gangland” by Arthur Nash.

    Preview it at http://www.NYCGangland.com

  5. Ryan C Says:

    Organized crime amongst Italian immigrants was becoming popular on the LES, East Harlem and later South Bronx. One character to draw a lot of attention was Ignazio Saietta a.k.a “Ignazio Lupo” and “Lupo The Wolf” Born on March 19, 1877 in Sicily Ignazio was destined to follow Sicilian traditions and become part of the mafia. He was an avid extortionist and murderer who was eventually recognized as one of the most notorious New York mafia bosses in the early 1900s.
    Ignazio fled to America in 1889 after killing a man named Salvatore Morello, who was part of an opposing family. He was only 12 at the time, but was full of ambition and knew his future was looking bright. When he immigrated to the U.S. he continued his mafia career and strived to become a successful New York mob boss. Ignazio became a feared extortionist and gang leader by his late teens and made a name for himself on the lower east side. At the tender age of 20 he attained the “mob boss” title within Little Italy; which was where he and his mafia group based the headquarters of their operations. These included extortion, theft, burglary, the arranging of the Italian lottery, loan-sharking and a countless amount of murders.
    Saietta was the suspect of at least 60 murders, and it is thought that he killed many more. However, he was never official caught until 1910, when the Secret Service arrested him for running a counterfeiting ring in the Catskills. He was sentenced to serve thirty years, but was granted parole in 1920

  6. Dennis Says:

    As Joeys first cousin, I can tell you exactly what happened that eventful night of hisdemise…but I won’t. I can tell you of the miserable toll it took on my mom and her 6 sisters that same morning when, at 7am, with the ‘clock radio’ alarm waking me up for school, I heard the ‘special report’ of Joey’s murder. The next [3days wake] was electrifying fo me, a 16yr old at the time. I happened to get the assignment at the front door of Guido’s funeral home on Clinton and Carrol Sts in Brokklyn. I also happended to pick up the wall phone next to me and hear someone tell me that ‘we are going to get one of yours’ [ this apparently after, during the night, my family got ‘one of theirs’ in retaliatioon for Joey. I ran downstairs to the ‘boys’ and told them of the chilling phone call. They went into action.
    The 27 limo and 5 car funeral procession was awe inspiring, sadly. The Feds acros the street from Guidos, taking pictures with their little cameras and watching thru tiny binoculars, was an oddity, for me, as well. In fact, when they carried my aunt, Joeys mom, thru the side door of Guidos to get inside without cameras flashing, I punched one of the Channel 5 photogs in the face when he got too close…I’ ll take that moment to my grave…in a good way!!!
    So much more to say, but some stuff is best, and wisest, never said!

    • Alice Marie Paris Says:

      Dennis, you will not believe how I accidentally stumbled upon this site and after reading the above comment, I knew it was you. I remember the day your cousin, Joey was murdered, Your sister, Brenda and I were making plans to go on a vacation while on break at the hospital where we both worked…..she told me she had to leave abruptly because her cousin had just died and would fill me in on the details a little later on in the day, and she did. All I could think of how sad all of this was and within a day or two when I saw your Mom, she had so much pain etched on her face. As you remember, I was a permanent fixture at your house on Waukena, and when I came through the sliding door in the back into the kitchen, your beloved Mom would always say “you again” with Rosie and Louis chiming in….I wanted so badly to hug her, all of you in fact, but being young with an unusual circumstance right before me, I was afraid to say or do the wrong thing. But, I felt the pain in all of you. I loved your Mom as if she was my own. I thought no family should have to endure something so tragic. In looking at your cousin, Joey’s picture, I can see that he was very handsome and quite charismatic, and the family resemblance is undeniable, you and he, so much alike! That’s a good thing !! I am sure your Mom took this pain to her grave even many years later. I had great times with my dear friend, Brenda and you and miss you guys a lot. I miss our younger days back in Oceanside. We had fun. I would love to visit the West Coast some day and see Brenda and all of you. As you might know from Brenda, I have been widowed since May 2013 when I lost my Jim to esophageal & liver cancer. That took the heart and soul out of me and I don’t think I will ever recover. I recently lost my Mom this Feb 26, 2015, so I have been in a devastated mode for a while now, You are right when you say some things are best left unsaid with regard to Joey and what went on, but just know that I really cared and felt everyone’s pain back then, and it doesn’t matter what any person has done in this life. That person STILL mattered…..P.S. Remember the Halloween/pajama party ? Your old friend, Alice

      • mrhollywood1024 Says:

        OMG! ALICE!
        I awoke this morning only to find an email with such an incredible topic attached to a beautiful and wonderful woman I once knew. How surreal was that?
        I kept thinking that this was a ‘phishing’ type of email but the details of Joey, mom,her sisters,the sadness, you and Brenda, etc., were too real to be a hoax.
        So I kept reading as tears came to my eyes. All the.memories of those days, us, Waukena, rose up in me as if it were yesterday.
        Alice, Brenda did inform me of your husband’s passing; now to know of your mom (no less on Brenda’s birthday! )…..I am so sorry and please accept my deepest sympathies. Ironically, my mom passed away on Feb.23 (some years ago ).
        What’s more incredible is your vivid description of that fateful morning and subsequent days to follow. Your email kept me mesmerized. Oh, and HELLO! Do I remember that ‘eventful’ Halloween? Ummm,let’s see…yep,got a pretty good visual of that as well 😆
        Please stay in touch Alice. It was such a pleasant, albeit, tearful (yet wonderfully strange in a way ) journey to hear from you!

      • mrhollywood1024 Says:

        Omg! Alice,it’s you!
        What a wonderful surprise to wake up this morning only to find an email from a long lost friend. I’m equally surprised to hear your detailed (to say the least ) account of that day’s events (and subsequent sadness) as the 3 days of mourning ensued. Indeed, mom was in shock for awhile as were her sisters and our large family.
        But also, you had me mesmerized with the Waukena details,the sliding back door to the kitchen, my brother and wife’s comments (of course all in jest ), etc.,etc.
        Brenda did tell me of your husband’s passing, and now I learn of your mom,and on Brenda’s birthday! My deepest sympathies Alice.
        It’s such a great pleasure to have heard from you this morning and please continue to be in touch. Oh,and HELLO! Do I remember Halloween? Ummm, let me think.
        HELL YEAH!!!😉

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