East Harlem’s Rao’s Mob Murder

Sopranos' Star's Rao's RestarauntThe crowd was three deep at the bar at Rao’s that night. The East Harlem red-sauce joint, famous for its lemon chicken, celebrity clientele, and the impossibility of securing a table, was never known for a booming bar scene. Continue Reading →

Feast of Giglio di Sant’Antonio in East Harlem

East Harlem, once the largest Italian community in NYC is a pleasant memory for countless former inhabitants. Continue Reading →

East Harlem’s Louie Lump Lump, Rao’s and Other Histories

On a December night in 2003, at Rao’s, the legendary restaurant on Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, a man nicknamed Louie Lump Lump (pictured above) shot another patron after reportedly taking issue with his disparaging comment about the female singer’s rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Continue Reading →

Rao’s Celebrates It’s 115th Year

Rao’s in East Harlem. There is no menu, no photos, no names to be mentioned, and you’ll most likely never get in. But, in the rare case that you do, it will be the experience of a lifetime. Continue Reading →