The NYPD busted 23 mobsters from the Genovese family including powerful brothers Generosa and Pasquale Del Duca on Sunday, May 3, 1959 at the Concord Luncheonette on 203 Bridge Street just over the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. Apparently the small eatery with only ten tables served sandwiches and ice cream during the week to boys from the nearby George Westinghouse Vocational High School but on Sundays was serving as a gathering place for wise guys which had been under surveillance by the NYPD for four months prior to the raid. All 23 defendants were charged with disorderly conduct in Bay Ridge Magistrate Court. A police spokesperson said the purpose of the raid was "to badger them": "We want to badge them from pillar to post and shake some information loose," and "maybe then we can shake some information loose." The charges all were dismissed in order to compel them to testify with immunity before a grand jury.
Press accounts hyped the meeting as "the Poor Man's Apalachin Party" -- a reference to the infamous meeting among mob leaders from across the country at the New York upstate home of Joseph Barbara on November 14, 1957 -- but according to the FBI's investigation the weekly gathering at Concord Luncheonette merely was to settle accounts among those involved in the numbers racket under the Del Duca brothers, and the G-men provided the following report:
On 5/3/59, the NYCPD raided the Concord Luncheonette, 203 Bridge St., Brooklyn, NY, and took into custody 23 individuals charging them with consorting with known criminals, namely, each other. The raid was the result of investigation of hoodlum activities by the PD.
Press accounts of this raid reflect that "a high police source" stated the "Poor Man's Apalachin Party" was convened at the direct command of VITO GENOVESE and MICHELE MIRANDA, top hoodlums of the Newark and NY offices, respectively, "primarily to discuss the disturbing intrusion of outside elements of what used to be a well-organized racket setup." This "Little Apalachin" group been seen visiting MIRANDA since his confinement in City Jail, NYC, for failure to answer questions about the Apalachin meeting.
Deputy Chief Inspector WALTER HENNING, Central Intelligence Section, NYCPD, who led the raid on the Concord Luncheonette, has advised that the PD had determined this luncheonette was a hangout for certain members of the criminal element. HENNING stated the purpose of the raid was to determine the identity of the individuals who were there and their criminal activities, and that actually, no meeting of any kind appeared to be going on at the time of the raid. He said the only connection he knew of between those arrested and GENOVESE or MIRANDA was the fact that ANTONIO CARILLO (NYO top hoodlum), who visits MIRANDA at the NYC Civil Jail, frequents the Concord Luncheonette and associates with various individuals who were there at the time of the raid. He said that many of those arrested are associates of known hoodlums throughout the NY area. HENNING stated that to his knowledge, none of those arrested have visited MIRANDA since the latter has been in jail. HENNING has advised that he did not know of any "high police source" that actually furnished any information to the press such as referred to above.
EDWARD KIRK, Investigator, NY State Crime Commission, has advised that the record of visitors for MIRANDA since his confinement to Civil Jail failed to reflect the names of any other than members of his family and CARILLO.
[Name redacted] advised that the Concord Luncheonette, mentioned above, has, for many months, been the regular meeting place for GENEROSA DEL DUCA and many of his associates in connection with numbers activities. Informant explained that these individuals, all in the gambling element, meet at the above location on Sunday to "clear" the week's money transactions with regard to numbers. He noted that this was a safety precaution rather than causing an exchange of money on a daily basis. He concluded that because of the regularity of this gambling get-together during the past, he saw no new significance to this most recent gathering which was raided by the NYCPD.
By the way, the 23 arrested wise guys from Concord Luncheonette ended up taking the 5th Amendment when pressed to testify before the Brooklyn grand jury.
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