Friday, August 26, 2011

Gallo's Fedora

Still on exhibit at the Mob Scene Gallery in Little Italy, "Crazy" Joe Gallo's fedora, the one he was wearing on the night he was gunned down and died in the street outside Umberto's Clam House.

Before opening this storefront museum in Little Italy, proprietor Arthur Nash kept his gangland collection in his room, formerly Bob Dylan's room, at the Chelsea Hotel.

That is one haunted hat.


Mykola ( Mick) Dementiuk said...

Dylan also wrote a song about Joe Gallo

Joey, Joey
King of the streets, child of clay
Joey, Joey
What made them want to come and blow you away?

Anonymous said...

How'd he acquire the hat?

starzstylista said...

Read "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" Jimmy Bresline, the best book about the Mafi in general, and Joey Gallo in particular.

The movie was good too - with a personal favorite - Jerry Orbach.

Marty Wombacher said...

Nice to see a Fedora that didn't get made over!

RHunter said...

I went to that exhibit and saw that fedora, along with all the other stuff there. It was pretty cool, I got myself a T shirt with Gallo's portrait ala Obama's multi-colored "Hope" poster, except it says "Legend"

Joey was an interesting cat, to say the least. Read the Mad Ones by Tom Folsom and you get an interesting view of both Mafia gangland of the time and the beats in Greenwich Village.

Anonymous said...

now there are 2 museums in little italy? there the museum of italian americans as well. they also have some gangster stuff.

starzstylista said...

Italians are a very museum-y people. Ever been there? Sheesh the place is lousy with 'em.

Anonymous said...

What's next, Fedora's Gallo, the "house wine"?