An East Harlem Scene from “The Godfather”: Sonny Corleone(James Caan) beats up his brother-in-law Carlo(Gianni Russo.)

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. (

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.”) Ahun 18 Gianni Russo503 E. 118 The Godfather

East Harlem Evening Scene c.1940, by Daniel Ralph Celentano-East Harlem Born and Raised!

 East Harlem Evening Scene c.1940, by Daniel Ralph Celentano-East Harlem Born and Raised!

Celentano, at the age of 12, was Thomas Hart Benton’s first and youngest student. He attended Parson’s School of Design and the National Academy of Design, both in New York. His work often focused on East Harlem, as the subject matter of his drawings, paintings and murals. He was born and raised in the predominantly Italian neighborhood known as East Harlem. He exhibited at many of the major museums as an accomplished American Scene painter during the WPA and WWII era.
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Yorkville Area, NYC-Vintage Photos and Demographics!

Interior Window: “Old Law” Tenements-New Laws for NYC’s Tenements, 1901.

(Excerpt from the Tenement House Commission’s rules and regulations)”…or unless such room has a sash window opening into an adjoining room in the same apartment said sash window- having at least fifteen square feet of glazed surface, being at least three feet by five feet between stop beads, and at least one-half thereof being made to open readily. An alcove opening of no less dimension than said sash window shall be deemed its equivalent.” Tenement House Law Reforms of 1901, Chapter III, Title II “Provisions applicable only to now existing Tenement Houses”, Section 79: Rooms, lighting, and ventilation…

Note: These interior windows were also known as “tuberculosis windows.” They were mandated by a 1901 New York City law, requiring that tenements have cross- ventilation in order to avoid spreading tuberculosis, as well as other respiratory diseases.

Neapolitan song history

Fabulous blog,which celebrates the neapolitan song!

ITALIAN CULTURE - Made in Italy -



“…e i’ so’ napulitano
e si nun canto io moro!”

[… I’m Neapolitan and if don’t sing I die!]

For Neapolitan people the passion for the music and the wish to sing get deep roots.

Undoubtedly, Naples has played an important and vibrant role over the centuries not just in the music of Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions.

Even In America, Neapolitan music is very popular, from the casinos of Atlantic City and the streets of New York’s Italian neighbourhoods to the remotest corners of the country.

The classic “Canzone napoletana” (Neapolitan song) is a mix between the ancient popular singing and folkloristic singing.  Historically, the siren Parthenope singing  maybe,  characterized the popular singing of this population as a song that was born from love to clear hurdles and become undying.

The “popular singing” is the singing of the…

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Canzone Napoletana-Click on link below

Canzone Napoletana-Click on link below

Congratulations, Charlie! Your poetry book is wonderful!

The Next Breath

By Charlie Giardino

My East Harlem family friend, Charlie Giardino, has just published his new poetry book on Charlie was born and raised in East Harlem, and lives in the Bronx.