Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

MANHATTAN - 169 Mulberry Street: La Mela Ristorante pde_0070

169 Mulberry Street.  Long gone are the moulded ceiling tiles.  Maybe they're hidden behind the institutional drop ceiling. Well, the decor is only a little less inspired than it was in 1915.

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The New York Times, September 29, 1915.
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Other events in the history of this address:

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 18, 1927.
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#169 Mulberry Street Today

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

THE BRONX - 774 Dawson Avenue pde_0889

Mrs Gertrude Bazell (daughter, on floor) and Mrs. Rebecca Pullman

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On January 26, 1916, retired Chicago insurance broker Nathan Pullman murdered his wife Rebecca and their daughter Gertrude (of #782 Prospect Avenue, the address alluded to in the photo description, see links at bottom for original images) with a hatchet and an axe.  He then fled to the Grand Central Hotel (a place with bad history of its own) where he'd been frequently meeting with an unknown younger woman, and jumped out a fourth floor window.  Crashing down onto the basement steps of a barber shop, he left behind several letters, the missives of an unbalanced mind.

Goodby, Ta-ta everybody.  I guess I'll make good.  I'm going away on a long journey.  Ta-ta, once more...I donate my body to any chartered medical institution for the study of science.  The medical institution can cut my body to pieces and turn it inside out and preserve it with the skull for any purposes.  NATHAN PULLMAN
Sources


Death Certificate
Name Pullman, Rebecca
Age 50 y
Date Jan 26
Year 1916
CertNbr 842
Town/County Bronx

Death Certificate
Name Bazell, Gertrude
Age 24 y
Date Jan 26
Year 1916
CertNbr 841
Town/County Bronx

774 Dawson Street could be charming...but is it haunted?

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Monday, August 3, 2015

MANHATTAN - 336 East 40th Street pde_1154

Michael Santorto on the ground floor of 336 East 40th Street
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The New York Times, May 1, 1916.  Joseph Mazzarelli died in the hospital on this day.

336 East 40th Street Today


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NYC Department of Records #1
NYC Department of Records #2
NYC Department of Records #3
 
Earlier in the history of this address:

This area, once "the scene of many fights," was known as Corcoran's Roost, "whose grim wall of stone on the Fortieth Street side of First Avenue became in modern times the trysting place of members of the 'Rag Gang.'" --Nooks & Corners of Old NEW YORK, by Charles Hemstreet, 1899


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 25, 1899.

The New York Times, September 11, 1907


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

BROOKLYN - 248 President Street pde_1149 and Extras

Rose Russo on the floor of her kitchen in the lower part of 248 President Street.

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Twenty-four-year-old Rose Russo was shot by her husband Joseph, 26, a longshoreman, when his pistol accidentally discharged as he was cleaning it.  The detectives who investigated the scene were reported as seeming  satisfied that the killing was an accident, however Joseph Russo was still held without bail on the charge of homicide.  Also found in the house were a stiletto and two loaded revolvers for which Russo had no permit.  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of June 15, 1916 reported in the "Special Sessions Cases" "Joseph Russo, 248 President street, revolver; sentence suspended," so it doesn't seem he was convicted of homicide.  Mrs. Rose Russo left behind a husband and two young children.

Death Certificate
Name Russo, Rosaria
Age 24 y
Date May 8
Year 1916
CertNbr 10115
Town/County Kings 

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NYC Department of Records #1
NYC Department of Records #2  

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"To make his death more certain...."
Durkee's Woods
John Monahan brutally murdered his wife, Rollie, at their 68 East 8th Street home on December 29, 1913.  He then traveled to Durkee's Woods, now a part of Cedar Grove Cemetery (Queens), and took chloroform, arsenic, laudanum and strychnine.  Finally, to ensure his death, he slit both wrists.  Mrs. Monahan's funeral was being held at the house on 8th Street when two boys going skating found John Monahan's body.  68 East 8th Street no longer stands, it was replaced by a 6-story apartment building in the '50s.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 2, 1914.  




The Daylight Murderer of Roebling Street
January 26, 1914.  Peter Lacorte, 4, was shot to death in his home at 117 Roebling Street (Williamsburg) with the revolver of his brother-in-law, Vincenzo Commando, soon after known as the "daylight murderer of Roebling Street."  The family claimed that the little boy shot himself, however the coroner found this to be an impossibility.  Commando was charged with violating the Sullivan Law and released on bail (The New York Tribune and The New York Times, February 9, 1914).  Only days later, Vito D'Allesandro, a stableman, was murdered in front of #117 Roebling Street.  A witness, fourteen-year-old Frank Desanto identified Commando as the murderer and Commando was charged with first degree murder (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 4, 1914).  I haven't been able to find if the charge stuck yet.

Infant Antonio Romano died at 117 Roebling on September 16, 1915 as a result of an 88 degree heat.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 16, 1915.