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#598103 - 03/21/11 07:52 PM Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall
ovation32 Offline

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Registered: 11/15/10
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These guys both still run Carroll Gardens for the Genovese family and are essentially Co-Capos. They are old and have so much clout that they probably do extremely little on their own. Still, I am wondering if anybody has ANY photos of them. I've always wondered what they look like.

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#598106 - 03/21/11 08:18 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
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I too would be intrested to know what "kid Blast" looks like.
Intresting to note that he owns Casabella - which is Mike Sabella's old resturant on Mulberry street

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#598107 - 03/21/11 08:28 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: GaryH]
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Originally Posted By: GaryH
Intresting to note that he owns Casabella - which is Mike Sabella's old resturant on Mulberry street

He must be a very sentimental guy. Not only are the wiseguys long gone from Mulberry Street, there are hardly any Italians left at all.

From the December, 2010 census: Among "Little Italy's" 8,600 residents, less than 5 percent were Italian-American. And not one was born in Italy.

Back to Albert Gallo: He has survived because he was the most low key of the Gallo brothers. He was very fortunate to get a release from the Colombos, and he certainly didn't let the Genovese crew down.

GaryH: By the way, the food at Casabella sucks lol.
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#598108 - 03/21/11 08:31 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
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Little Italy has mostly been subsumed by Chinatown, is that correct PB?
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#598109 - 03/21/11 08:35 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: Lilo]
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Originally Posted By: Lilo
Little Italy has mostly been subsumed by Chinatown, is that correct PB?

Like Thad Beaumont consumed Stark in the womb ("The Dark Half").
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#598110 - 03/21/11 08:38 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: pizzaboy]
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Originally Posted By: pizzaboy
Originally Posted By: Lilo
Little Italy has mostly been subsumed by Chinatown, is that correct PB?

Like Thad Beaumont consumed Stark in the womb ("The Dark Half").

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Winter is Coming

Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky; And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

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#598111 - 03/21/11 08:39 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: Lilo]
pizzaboy Offline
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Only you (and maybe Babe) would get that reference lol.
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#598114 - 03/21/11 11:00 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: pizzaboy]
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Registered: 02/17/11
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Loc: Midtown Manhattan
$45 t-shirt by one of the boutiques in Nolita trying to shut down/shorten San Gennaro


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#598115 - 03/21/11 11:32 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: Shots]
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I hate to admit it, but that tee-shirt is actually kind of clever. It's verbatim dialogue from "Mean Streets." But in the film, the context was certainly different from that of the current day boutique owners. Because when you live in an area like that, you do get tired of those events. But when you're part of the gentrification, like the shop owners, you really shouldn't push your luck.

I grew up on 187th and Hoffman Streets in the Belmont section of the Bronx, which was a mirror image of the old Mulberry Street back then. We had two major Feasts every summer (St. Anthony and Our Lady of Mount Carmel), plus a couple of smaller ones. Back then the big Feasts stretched out from Fordham Road to Third Avenue, and from Southern Boulevard all the way to Bathgate Avenue. That is a lot of ground, and yes, the Feasts did get on our nerves. But we weren't outsiders like the shop owners down on Mulberry Street, looking to end a 100 year tradition in New York City.

Thank God that Mayor Blomberg, in a rare moment of mental clarity, sided with the Feast. Old New York City is gone for good. When barely renovated, one bedroom, cold-water flats are renting for $2,500 a month in SoHo, it's nice that the working stiff can still walk on Mulberry Street and eat a sausage and pepper sandwich for one week a year.

Sorry for the rant, but watching the New York City that I grew up in disappear breaks my heart cry.
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#598119 - 03/22/11 12:05 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
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I can't believe Kid Blast is still alive. How old is that little fuck?
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#598120 - 03/22/11 12:08 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: VinnyGorgeous]
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Originally Posted By: VinnyGorgeous
I can't believe Kid Blast is still alive. How old is that little fuck?

Almost 81.
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#598121 - 03/22/11 12:11 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: pizzaboy]
Shots Offline

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Registered: 02/17/11
Posts: 27

Loc: Midtown Manhattan
I hear you. My father was born on the other side but grew up on Elizabeth Street, and my grandparents still lived there until the early 80s. I was young at the time, but can recall the apartment there - bathtub in the kitchen, haha. The family dispersed to Bensonhurst, Canarsie and Staten Island. The Bensonhurst crew are one of the last Italian families on their block. The Canarsie crew finally bailed out and relocated to Staten Island 10 years ago. Amazing how quickly those neighborhoods changed.


Edited by Shots (03/22/11 12:12 AM)

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#598124 - 03/22/11 12:18 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
ovation32 Offline

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Loc: New York City
See! Nobody knows what these guys look like! The closest thing I once found was an article from Life magazine speaking about how Illiano saved a family from a fire (from the 50s maybe). I am curious due to the fact that there is a social club in South Carroll Gardens called Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Social Club that I am sure he frequents. Wondering if I may be able to catch a glimpse while walking by.

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#598137 - 03/22/11 04:56 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
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Never seen any current ones of those guys. But here are some old ones....

1st photo - old one of Illiano

2nd photo - Some of the Gallo gang, Albert in the middle being kissed

3rd photo - Illiano on left and Gallo in the middle

4th photo - Gallo conferring with lawyers, Illiano on the right

5th photo - Illiano on left


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#598179 - 03/22/11 03:38 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: IvyLeague]
ovation32 Offline

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Loc: New York City
These photos are unbelievable. They have clearly been close friends forever. I bet that while they are not at the upper echelon of the Genovese hierarchy, there are few in that family as highly respected as these guys.

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#600838 - 04/25/11 11:28 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
GaryH Offline

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Loc: Northumberland England
Its sad to say but Albert and Punchy wouldnt be where they are today if Joey Gallo had lived.
Albert and Punchy would have gotten killed or busted long before now.
They've done well for themselves in the Genovese family

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#758074 - 01/10/14 11:18 PM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: pizzaboy]
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Registered: 04/19/13
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Originally Posted By: pizzaboy
Sorry for the rant, but watching the New York City that I grew up in disappear breaks my heart cry.


Completely agreed. I am from far out in Queens ( as my creative username implies), but currently watching my neighborhood die. It's saddening. Sickening.

Maybe this deserves another post here is an annotated list of things that have vanished from NY during the Bloomberg years (compiled by DieHipster.com). Click the link for full list.

http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/master-list-2001-2013.html

Famous Roio’s/Ray’s Pizza: 40 years
Building sold

Ray Beauty Supply: 50 years
Property seized by landlord

Vercesi Hardware: 101 years
Building sold to be demolished for luxury condos

D’Auito’s Bakery: 89 years
Unknown

Odessa Restaurant: 48 years
Building sold, gastropub to move in, now for rent

Paradise Café: 20 years
Rent hike

Big Nick’s Burger and Pizza Joint: 51 years
Rent increase from $42,000 to $60,000 a month

Max Fish: 24 years
Rent increase

Joe’s Dairy: 60 years
Cost of doing business

Bleecker Bob’s Records: 46 years
Rent hike

Blarney Cove: 50+ years
Evicted for new development

Sofia’s Italian restaurant: 35 years
Lost their lease

9th Street Bakery: 87 years
38% rent hike, replaced by juice-cleanse and smoothie shop

Capucine’s Italian restaurant: 33 years
Rent hike

Rawhide bar: 34 years
Rent hike, to be turned into a pizza chain from California



2012 (1302 years)
Rocco Ristorante: 90 years
Lost lease to trendy restaurateurs, gutted and upscaled

The Holiday Cocktail Lounge: 47 years
Sold and gutted for a gastropub

Kenny’s Castaway’s: 45 years
Rising cost of business

McCullough’s Kiddie Park, Coney Island: 50 years
Lost their lease

Manganaro's Grosseria: 119 years
Sold and gutted for a more upscale restaurant

A Clean Well-Lighted Place: 36 years
Now an upscale boutique

World of Video: 29 years
Lost its lease

Chelsea Gallery Diner: 30 years
Forced out of Chelsea

Bill's Gay 90s: 88 years
Lost its lease to a trendy restaurateur, gutted and upscaled

Atlas Barber School: 64 years
Lost lease due to hiked rent, now a UPS

Prime Burger: 47 years
Lost lease when building sold

Lascoff Pharmacy: 113 years
Closed and gutted

Colony Records: 60 years
Closed when the new landlord, Stonehenge Properties, quintupled the rent to $5 million per month

Movie Star News: 73 years
Rent hiked, turned into a luxury bathroom fixture store

Lafayette French Bakery: 30+ years
Evicted

Partners & Crime Bookshop: 18 years
Closed due to lack of business

University Diner: 60 years
Evicted

El Faro: 85 years
Possibly evicted?

Village Chess Shop: 40 years
Closed due to lack of business

The Stage Deli: 75 years
Rent increase

Lenox Lounge: 63 years
Landlord doubled the rent, given to upscale restaurateur

H&H Bagels: 40 years
Last location evicted



Edited by Flushing (01/10/14 11:20 PM)

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#758086 - 01/11/14 01:11 AM Re: Frank "Punchy" IIliano and Albert "Kid Blast" Gall [Re: ovation32]
pmac Offline

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Old sonny Frans got caught on a wire in 2006 by his old prison friend talking a ton of shit about Albert gallo called him a mutt and a bunch of other shit maybe in a cape I article bad look for him being recorded think they played in his last trial. I think he called him coward or punk abusive can't remember and he couldn't compare to his brother. Sonny also made some guys 1 being Sousa the drops his pants in a niteclub. He said they pricked his finger with a diabetic needle. Sonny the legend still alive at fort devins I believe.

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