I am confused. Is this article about Petrosino Square or about Mob History. It reads like Mob History. Why is that? Your journalistic skills are below par. I had no idea the Village Voice employs imbeciles to write articles.
Mr. Petrosino waged war against the mafia and was killed by them and you are writing about what buildings the Mafia lived in? Wow, I guess the saying is correct, stupidity knows no bounds and your writing is proof positive.
Why did you not mention the fact that he was NYPD's first Italian-American detective?
Lets not forget Petrosinos' infiltration of an Italian-based anarchist organization which assassinated King Umberto I of Italy. Mr. Petrosino found out about a plan that the group had to assassinate President William McKinley during his trip to Buffalo. Petrosino warned the Secret Service, and even the Vice President Teddy Roosevelt vouched for Petrosino, but William McKinley ignored both the secret service and Roosevelt....McKinley was assassinated.
Or how about when Angelo Carboni, was being sent to the electric chair, Petrosino tracked the real killer down through 2 countries and saved an Innocent mans life.
Over 250 thousand people attended his funeral which was over 5 hours long.
You mentioned in your article the Lieutenant Petrosino would have been pleased to no end that Alphonse "Little Al" D'Arco. switched sides?????? That would have pleased him. A coward running to the police because this coward found out about a hit on him? Honesty and Bravery would have pleased Petrosino to no end. Like the time when he dragged the Calabrian Don Enrico Alfano from Alfano apartment down the streets to the police station so people would see what eventually happens to criminals in New York City. That my dear is Bravery.
I could go on and on but I will not, I believe I said my peace. Hopefully my comment will educate people who are not aware of this Magnificent Man.