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Bonnano crime bossgrew up on Caldwell Avenue

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am

Anthony Massino was born in Maspeth in 1911, the son of Neapolitan Italian immigrants. He married Adeline Cardinale in October 1936.

With only a grammar school education, he worked in a laundry. His first son was Anthony Jr. His next son, Joseph, was born on Jan. 10, 1943. Shortly after, Massino served in World War II and didn’t see his sons again until he was honorably discharged in January 1946. The family lived above a store at 70-05 Grand Ave. in Maspeth. They later bought a small home at 71-21 Caldwell Ave. in Maspeth.

Joseph dropped out of school and married Josephine Vitale in 1960. Their first child, Adeline, was born in December of that year and was named in honor of Joseph’s mother.

Joseph had limited education and skills but excelled at stealing trucks. In partnership with Josephine’s brother, Sal, he opened Casa Blanca at 62-15 60 Road, a successful restaurant and catering hall where they held court. He met John Gotti and their partnership was formed. Eventually, Massino moved to Howard Beach and became the boss of the Bonanno crime family from 1991 to 2004. But he got busted. Faced with a life sentence he flipped and became the first “Don” to give state’s evidence. As a reward, he was paroled and entered the witness protection program in 2013.The Caldwell Avenue home has been converted to two family with a second floor now owned by a Luis Magnami, according to public records.

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