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


Farm Contest in Jefferson Park, East Harlem, N.Y.C., 1939

Farm Contest in Jefferson Park, East Harlem, N.Y.C., 1939

Park Farm Contest
Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan | April 4, 1939

© Copyright New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.


The 129th Religious Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The 129th Religious Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Opening Day in Jefferson Park. From the MCNY digital archives.

Opening Day in Jefferson Park

Circa 1902
(From the online digital collection of the Museum of the City of New York.)

http://collections.mcny.org


Steppin’ out, Italian Harlem style!

Steppin' out,Italian Harlem style!

Year: 1938. Left to right,my Aunt Rose Puco,cousin Jackie(baby), and my beautiful grandmother, Katie Puco. I have enough evidence to believe that this photo was taken in front of the war memorial in Thomas Jefferson Park, in East Harlem.This memorial was known to East Harlemites as “The White House.”


Jefferson Park circa 1911

Jefferson Park circa 1911

This is a photo depicting children gardening in Thomas Jefferson Park, in East Harlem, N.Y.C., circa 1911. In the background is the war memorial building, known as “The White House.” Here is the link to some wonderful vintage photos of our ancestors, as child farmers.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/community-gardens/farm-gardens


History of East Harlem’s Housing Projects-Fordham University

East Harlem's Housing Projects History-Fordham University