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Feast of San Rocco

Little Italy during the Feast of San Rocco in 1920.

Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians.

In 1920, Vito Corleone founded the Corleone crime family. It was run legitimately out of Genco Pura Olive Oil Company on Mott Street.

The Corleone family remained in Little Italy until Don Vito died and his son Michael took control, moving his businesses to Nevada. Peter Clemenza, however, remained here. After Clemenza died, his regime was passed on to Frank Pentangeli and later Joey Zasa, who hosted street festivals in the neighborhood in the 1970s.

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