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Meet the Family, Part Two

Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake

Federico “Old Smoke” Fiumicino

Federico “Old Smoke” Fiumicino


Federico “Old Smoke” Fiumicino: Another import, “Old Smoke”, the guy looks like somethin’ straight out of a Fellini movie. He’s Capo of all the gambling operations. A serious chain smoker, he’s the kinda guy who doesn’t blink if he gets blood in his eye, no emotion whatsoever. You could kill a whole family of four with a dog right in front of him and it wouldn’t register a wrinkle on his brow. He picked it up playin’ cards, always said a good gambler knew more than numbers. It’s a feeling, he says, and never talk too much, says talking is for losers and drunks. I always thought it was on account of his lack of English, myself. Anyway, you can imagine his voice is a little out of practice, and after all that puffin’, he’s started to sound more gravely than the grim reaper each day.
Michele “Mickey Hooks” Genovese

Michele “Mickey Hooks” Genovese


Michele “Mickey Hooks” Genovese: Mickey runs the docks, Caporegime of the all mighty import/export. Comes from a long line of longshoremen goin’ all the way back to Northern Italy. The guy was probably conceived in a shipping container. Probably the least popular of all the captains on account of his frequent use of the Irish. Although when it comes to causing havoc, I gotta admit they do a pretty good job. Besides, he grew up on the Westside, that’s a long way from Bay Ridge. But, don’t nobody say nothin’ bad to Mickey’s face, short and stocky with a barrel chest, hands the size of boxing gloves and forearms that could crush a watermelon, he’s no stranger to a good dust up, enjoys it I think… Not to mention he’s been known to carry two hooks on him at all times, in case someone needs an extra, if ya know what I mean.
Gino “John Wayne” Garofalo

Gino “John Wayne” Garofalo


Gino “John Wayne” Garofalo: Johnny Boy, expert extortionist. Offers protection around the neighborhood, basically from him, to those who don’t necessarily want it, but know that his “protection” is a lot cheaper than not. Kind of the acting Capo on the streets. He hails from the Midwest somewhere out in farmland. Never liked city, never liked city folk, always said it was a place for rats and other vermin. He’s a straight-shooter, as they say, and makes quite the impression dressin’ like some kind of cowboy. Real slow talker and a man of simple pleasures. Heard his only weakness is fishing… What can I say? The man likes his fish. Although I’ve heard he’s better at puttin’ things into the water than fishin’ ‘em out.
Pietro “Paparazzo” Papagallo

Pietro “Paparazzo” Papagallo


Pietro “Paparazzo” Papagallo: Also know as “Papa”, if “Old Smoke” is the hermit puppet master, “Papa” the flashiest puppet in town. You’d think HE was running the rackets, the guys everywhere, even makes ill-advised appearances in the media. Always runnin’ around with a big entourage, spends all his dough on threads and horses. It doesn’t matter to him, it’s all his money at the end of the day. Known more for his mouth, than his manners he’s had his fair share of public disputes, but not a scar on his face… When I said “big” I wasn’t talkin’ about just numbers, but the size of the guys runnin’ behind him. Just ‘cause a soldier keeps his uniform pressed, doesn’t mean he don’t know how to run an army.

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  1. […] Nino “Numbers” Noschese: Nino has a thing for math, an accountant of sorts, one of those who’s hand are always shakin’ like he’s countin’ in his head. Real quiet, always seems to be sweatin’ and out of breath. Spends all day in his house unless he’s called upon, except on Sundays. Sundays you could find him in the park playing chess. The guy’s got more money than anyone I know, spends his day in the park playin’ chess with a bunch of bums. Some say he wasn’t built for this life, but tell the guy to cook some numbers and you’ll have enough lasagna to feed the whole family… Three times over. Check out part two here. […]

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