Save the Dates! August 8-11: Giglio Society of East Harlem’s “2013 Festa di Giglio di Sant’Antonio”Posted: July 24, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, East Harlem Events, FYI, Italian East Harlem, New York City, Pleasant Avenue Leave a comment
Festa di Giglio of East HarlemPosted: July 18, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, East Harlem Events, Italian East Harlem, New York City, Pleasant Avenue Leave a comment
An East Harlem Scene from “The Godfather”: Sonny Corleone(James Caan) beats up his brother-in-law Carlo(Gianni Russo.)Posted: July 6, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, FYI, Italian East Harlem, Movies Filmed in East Harlem, New York City, Pleasant Avenue, Tenements | Tags: ahun 18th Street, East 118th Street, East Harlem, New York City, The Godfather Movie 7 Comments
The Godfather Movie:Click on this link to view YouTube video- Sonny Corleone(James Caan) beats up his brother-in-law Carlo(Gianni Russo.)
In this scene from The Godfather, James Caan seeks revenge for the unmerciful beating of his pregnant sister, Connie Rizzi. He heads for East Harlem’s E. 118th Street, to brutally beat up his wife-beating brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi(played by Gianni Russo.)
The scene was filmed on the 500 block of East 118th Street. My family and I lived there before this movie was filmed. The stoop that Carlo(wearing an orange and tan suit) is standing on-before he attempts to run from crazed Sonny, is 503 East 118th Street.
Note of Trivia: Most of the principal photography took place from March 29, 1971 to August 6, 1971, although a scene with Pacino and Keaton was shot in the autumn. There were a total of 77 days of shooting, fewer than the 83 for which the production had budgeted. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godfather#Production)
This particular scene was filmed in the summer of 1971.(My educated guess, based on the filming timeline, and the fact that the children are being soaked by the “johnny pump.”)
An Italian Harlem Notable: Anthony Ravielli- Renowned Illustrator.Posted: July 6, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, East Harlem Ephemera, East Harlem Notables, Italian East Harlem 1 Comment
Anthony (Tony) Ravielli (1 Jul 1916–9 Jan 1997) was born in Italian Harlem. He attended the Textile High School, taught himself anatomy by volunteering at the Bellvue Hospital morgue, and later studied at the Cooper Union and Art Students League. He began his career as a portrait painter, went into advertising, and by the early 1950s had become an author and freelance illustrator. By this time he had mastered what would become his signature medium–the scratchboard (or scraperboard, if your British). His spare, elegant, and remarkably accurate illustrations still stand today as some of the best examples of the medium.
But Ravielli would be forever linked with golf, a sport especially in need of instruction. In 1957 Hogan approached Ravielli to illustrate a five part series titled the “The Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The result, which was quickly turned into a book, would become, perhaps, the most important book on golf instruction ever written. Despite 50 years of changes to the game it is still in print, and still a bestseller.
Everyday Life in the Hood: Camilo Jose Vergara New York 1970-1973Posted: July 2, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, New York City | Tags: Camilo Jose Vergara Leave a comment
Camilo Jose Vergara’s photojournalistic approach to chronicling East Harlem/Spanish Harlem.
Long gone, but not forgotten…Morrone’s Bakery.Posted: July 2, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, East Harlem Notables, Italian East Harlem, New York City 1 Comment
Morrone Bakery was located at 324 East 116th Street in East Harlem. It was renowned for it’s delicious variety of Italian, French and Semolina bread. I once bought a loaf of olive bread, and, believe me, it was fabulous!
Gabriele and Rosa Morrone opened the bakery in 1965, and until August 19th 2007, they made traditional Italian hand-made breads. This small, neighborhood “mom and pop” bakery, offered an inviting atmosphere, with Rosa Morrone still behind the counter, selling the breads herself. My great Aunt Columbia Altieri was friends with Rosa. I remember her telling me that the bakery was going to close. Very sad indeed!
Copy and paste the link below, to read a New York Times article, from September of 2007, discussing Morrone’s Bakery closing. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/nyregion/18bakery.html
STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New YorkPosted: July 2, 2013 Filed under: Architecture, digital photography, Just for fun, New York City, Tenements Leave a comment
STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York, a set by James and Karla Murray Photography on Flickr.
Can you spot the East Harlem storefronts?(Albeit long gone.) Bet some of you can! Have fun!
Delightful Coffee Shop 2003 (R.I.P.)Posted: July 2, 2013 Filed under: But Not Forgotten!, digital photography, East Harlem, Italian East Harlem, New York City 2 Comments
Delightful Coffee Shop 2003 (R.I.P.), a photo by James and Karla Murray Photography on Flickr.
Remember when? Now, it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts. Go figure! Pretty soon, every remnant of the old neighborhood will be put to rest. That’s a crying shame!
Holy Rosary School, East Harlem, N.Y.C.Posted: July 2, 2013 Filed under: East Harlem, Italian East Harlem, New York City, Vintage Photography 18 Comments
Holy Rosary Church New York City’s photostreamPosted: July 1, 2013 Filed under: Angela's picture galleries, East Harlem, Italian East Harlem, New York City 10 Comments
Holy Rosary, located at 444 East 119th Street in East Harlem, was my family’s parish church from 1950-1967. I stumbled upon their flickr photostream today, and thought I should share it with my readers. When my older sisters were active with the CYO, they often spoke about Father Bob. Does anyone remember him? I think I have a photo of him somewhere in my archives.