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Brooklyn's Most Wanted - Official Walking Tour

“Brooklyn’s Most Wanted – Official Walking Tour”

1 – 420 Graham Avenue (Williamsburg), site of The Motion Lounge, mob nightclub owned by Bonanno crime family caporegime Dominick Napolitano, one of the central locations in FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone’s six-year undercover operation.

2 – 205 Knickerbocker Avenue (Bushwick), Joe and Mary’s Italian-American Restaurant, scene of July 12, 1979, assassination of Carmine Galante, Bonanno Mafia Family boss.

3 – Brooklyn Bridge (DUMBO), scene of March 1, 1994, attack by Lebanese-born immigrant Rashid Baz who shot at a van of 15 Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish students, murdering 1 and injuring three.

4 – The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel of the Long Island Rail Road (Cobble Hill), site of an abandoned railroad tunnel that may hide secret diary pages of assassin John Wilkes Booth.

5– 127 Palmetto Street (Bushwick), site of infamous 1900 “Nurse Girl Murder” when Alice O’Donnell, charged with the care of an eighteen-month-old baby boy, murdered the child while the unsuspecting parents were in the next room.

6 – 95 Navy Street (Downtown), site of childhood home of Alphonse “Scarface” Capone.

7 – 222 Brooklyn Avenue (Crown Heights), site of the “Brooklyn House of Evil,” where for two decades Devernon “Doc” LeGrand headed one of the most notorious crime families / religious cults in New York City history.

8 – President Street near Utica Avenue (Crown Heights), intersection where two children of Guyanese immigrants were unintentionally struck by an automobile in the motorcade of rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, sparking the Crown Heights Riots of 1991.

9 – 1000 Sutter Avenue (Crown Heights), the 75th New York City Police Precinct, site of massive police corruption scandal in the 1980s led by former NYPD Officer Mike Dowd.

10 – 1080 Liberty Avenue (East New York), scene of The Palm Sunday massacre, a 1984 mass-murder that resulted in the deaths of ten people: three women, a teenage girl, and six children, leaving a sole survivor, an infant girl.

11 – 152 20th Street (South Brooklyn), former location of The Adonis Club, site of epic 1925 Christmas Day shootings claiming the lives of White Hand gang boss Richard “Pegleg” Lonergan and several underlings, effectively crippling the Irish mob in Brooklyn.

12 – 779 Saratoga Avenue (Brownsville), former site of the Midnight Rose Candy Store, the headquarters of Murder Incorporated during the 1930s and 1940s.

13 – 834 Flatbush Avenue (Flatbush), location of the She-She Boutique, one of three crime scenes for serial killer Salvatore “Son of Sal” Perrone who murdered Brooklyn shopkeepers during in a 2012 spree.

14 – Fountain Avenue near Belt Parkway (East New York), location where the body of Imette Carmella St. Guillen was found in February 2006, after she was brutally raped and murdered, a crime that led to the passage of legislation to require background checks of bouncers in bars and a security plan for nightclubs.

15 – 57th Street near 9th Avenue (Sunset Park), scene of Sunset Park Massacre where 25-year-old transient from China slaughtered his cousin’s wife and four children with a meat cleaver,

16 – 4305 10th Avenue (Borough Park), scene of infamous hostage siege in 1996, where crazed ex-boyfriend executed his pregnant teenage lover and wounded three of her relatives before killing himself.

17 – 44th Street Near 13th Avenue (Borough Park), location where Levi Aron, a.k.a. “The Butcher of Brooklyn,” who kidnapped eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in the summer of 2011.

18 – 450 Avenue P near East 3rd Street (Gravesend), former site of Chase Manhattan Bank that was the focus on the infamous “Dog Day Afternoon” robbery on August 22, 1972

19 – 477 82nd Street (Bay Ridge), former offices of The Leverage Group, run by Phillip Barry, known to many as the Bernie Madoff of Bay Ridge for bilking local residents out of $24 million in  massive Ponzi scheme that ran for more than 30 years.

20 – 9216 7th Avenue (Dyker Heights), location of Poly Prep Country Day School, elite Brooklyn private school rocked by sex scandal when Phil Foglietta, the school’s football coach, molested players for years.

21 – 7506 13th Avenue (Bensonhurst), former site of Wimpy Boys Social Club, mob hangout frequented by Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa.

22 – 6205 18th Avenue (Bensonhurst), longtime hangout of Gambino underboss and infamous Mafia turncoat Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano.

23 – 4021 Flatlands Avenue (Flatlands), former site of The Gemini Lounge, stronghold and murder scene for ultra-violent Gambino crew led by Roy DeMeo in the 1980s.

24 – 1814 81st Street (Bensonhurst), scene of slaying of Costabile “Gus” Farace, Jr., a low-level associate with the Bonanno crime family who was killed in 1989 by Mafia hit squad in retaliation on an unsanctioned murder of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in New York City.

25 – 20th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue (Bensonhurst), site of the 1989 slaying of Yusuf Hawkins by Joseph Fama during racial attack.

26 – 5945 Strickland Avenue (Mill Basin), El Caribe Country Club, one-time headquarters of Brighton Beach mob boss Evsei Agron.

27 – Shore Parkway (Bath Beach), site of the final murder of serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz.

28 – 1852 Bath Ave (Bath Beach), Daniel George and Son Funeral Home, one of several locations used by Michael Mastromarino, “The Brooklyn Body Snatcher,” who made millions by illegally harvesting skin and bones from corpses for sale.

29 – 91 Bay 29th Street (Bath Beach), site where in 1991, Bartholomew Borriello, personal driver of Gambino boss John Gotti, was gunned down in the driveway of his three-story frame house in retaliation of previous assassination of Paul Castellano.

30 – Avenue X, East 1 Street (Gravesend), site of a 1982 racially motivated gang murder of Willie Turks, an innocent African-American male, at the hands of a white bat-wielding mob.

31 – Riegelmann Boardwalk at West 29th Street (Coney Island), former site of the Half Moon Hotel, where Abe Reles, informant for the FBI who brought down numerous members of Murder, Inc., either jumped, fell or was pushed to his death on November 12, 1941, while in protective custody of the NYPD, just hours before he was scheduled to testify against Albert Anastasia.

32 – 1113 Brighton Beach Avenue (Brighton Beach), former site of now shuttered Odessa Restaurant frequented by Brooklyn Russian Mafia, where gangster Vladimir Reznikov had put a gun to the head of Marat Balagula.  When Reznikov left Odessa, he was shot six times by Lucchese gunmen.

 

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