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On fiction still remain one of my favorites So when I About The President Street The President Street Growing Up Mafia started reading it immediately especially since I have number of friends who grew up near President Street and knew or heard of a number of the people cited in this bookOverall the book for the most part held my general interest but it is not a book I d recommend highly to anyone other than those who lived on or near President Street during and shortly after the Gallo Brothers lived there and thus would likely have a personal familiarity with the people and events described in the book Others like me are likely to at best find it to be ust an okay read because Most of the President Street Boys other than the Gallo Brothers are ust going to be names to them due to virtually no development into their backgrounds making it very difficult for the reader to feel any sort of connection positive or negative to The Boys and The book authored by Frank DiMatteo is really a memoir of a series of many disjointed stories of people and experiences he had or heard about throughout his life as a child and during a period of his adult life when his father was a key player during the Gallo Era and he himself was actively involved in the life resulting in his Growing Up MafiaHope this review is helpful in deciding if this book is one you ll want to read So I love mob books I m not super picky I like the real life accounts the embellished the fictional real romance thriller whatever I like the loyalty the culture the banter This book is a real life tell all according to Frank DiMatteo It has about 5000 stories about 500 different mob figures and the 500 different little things they didin business on the street in ail in the car I couldn t keep anybody straight it was pretty disorganized in it s telling and didn t have a real story to it like this is what we did and how I grew up but it was slightly entertaining 25 star. He end Bravo from one of the President Street Boys” Anthony “Goombadiel” DeLuca Brooklyn New York“As a neighborhood kid I grew up around President Street and know firsthand the lure of ‘the life’ as a police officer and as a kid that escaped the lure I can tell you the blind loyalty that the crews had for their bosses unbounded limitless and dangerous As the Prince of President Street Frank Dimatteo is representative of a lost generation of Italian Americans If any of this crew had been given a fair shot at the beginning they would have been geniuses in their chosen field” Joseph Giggy Gagliardo Retired DEA Agent New York City“ The President Street Boys takes me back as if it was a time machine Its authenticity is compelling reading for those interested in what things were really like in those mob heydays; not some author’s formulation without an inkling of what was going on behind the scenes I loved the book because I was there and know for sure readers will love it too” Sonny Girard author of Blood of Our Fathers and Sins of Our Son.

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The President Street BoysBook Summary Glorification of mob lifehere is all the cool people we knewguys in the mob are nice guys they are ust misunderstoodbig surprise everyone is dead Of all the crimes Diamatteo committed over the years the worst crime has to be this auditory assault on the English language NicePerspectiveif you re interested in the life times of the next generation of gangsters the English language NicePerspectiveif you re interested in the life times of the next generation of gangsters thelegendary Lucky Meyer Bugsy et al this is your bookFirsthand told by young Frankie who grew up seeing it all An interesting look at a life in the life Was interested to learn about the various aspects of how money was made both legitimately and illegally Frank is very direct about what happened and why There is no flowery prose If anything I could have read another hundred pages with fleshed out details Interested to read about his time with the DeCavalcante crew Eh Nothing SpecialOther than talking about drinking and fighting a lot I m struggling to recall any stories of him actually doing anything This book is about where places were located back in the day and what other people did or had happen to them He felt important and thought he was a big shot but it was only because of who his dad was He didn t do anyt A great view from the trenchesDimatteo s writing will never be mistaken for Mario Puzo s but life isn t fiction either Dimatteo tells it like it was a dark and self indulgent life where only a few got rich at the expense of others as well as their own souls and the unsettling knowledge that any day could be their lastI can t review this book objectively because I know this neighborhood both now and then as well as a few of the characters that Dimatteo wrote about I believe I even met Dimatteo at a waterfront district bar I was a regular at Steve G s bar on Hicks Street in the 90s too and "This Book Pretty Much Confirmed My Observations About The Life " book pretty much confirmed my observations about The Life it was an extended family of guys who lived and died based on th. “When Mom got out of ail it was great having her home” Mondo the Dwarf Frankie Shots Tony “Little Lolly Pop” Carna Joseph “Big Lolly Pop” Carna Salvatore “Sally Boy” Marinelli Johnny Tarzan Louie Pizza Sally D Bobby B Roy Roy and PunchyThey were THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS of Brooklyn New YorkFrank Dimatteo was born into a family of mob hitmen His father and godfather were shooters and bodyguards for infamous Mafia legends the Gallo brothers His uncle was a capo in the Genovese crime family and bodyguard to Frank Costello Needless to say DiMatteo saw and heard things that a boy shouldn’t see or hearHe knew everybody in the neighborhood And they knew himand his family And does he have some wild stories to tellFrom the old school Mafia dons and infamous “five families” who called all the shots to the new breed “independents” of the ballsy Gallo gang who didn’t answer to nobody Dimatteo pulls no punches in describing what it’s really like growing up in the mob Getting his cheeks pinched by Crazy Joe Gallo until tears came down his E Score which was rarely as glamorous or as profitable as the Lufthansa heist in the 60s but were mostly chump change schemes to carry one over to the next opportunity In this respect they were like feral animals in the big city looking for tonight s meal with no guarantee that they would find the next one before the conseuences of the feral life found them first This book "Is An Honest Telling Of " an honest telling of I believed I knewDimatteo wrote about how some cops were schoolyard bullies but I ve long thought that they were both cut from the same cloth predator vs predator although I have a lot respect for those who at Least Did It Honestly And did it honestly and cowering behind a badge of authority or the power of wealth politics and respectability either for that matterIf nothing else this is a good stay in school apply yourself and keep your nose clean read Very Good BookFrank Dimatteo tells a great story about the Life he lived Very entertaining sometimes humorous but deep down disturbing A chance for readers like myself to see and experience the Life but thankfully from a long distance away This book was so so if you want a cohesive story it isn t for you though If you are ok with many and not always Treasures of Darkness joined stories you will enjoy it it gets better towards the end but I kept waiting for the book to take off and itust never did 3 stars is accurate in my book Giving this a 4 because I lived in the President Street neighborhood for 15 years and it was fun to learn about its sordid history Now it is completely gentrified I hope Mr DiMatteo bought some real estate back in the dayI don t see eye to eye with the author s glorification and romanticizing of mafia life but it is an interesting life story Just An Okay ReadMy interest in life but it is an interesting life story Just An Okay ReadMy interest in started after reading a series of biographies about a variety of Mafia figures and while my reading interests have expanded over the years into a variety of other genres mob books both fiction and Ace Dropping out of school and hanging gangster style with the boys on President Street Watching the Gallos wage an all out war against wiseguys with power money guns And finally revealing the shocking deathbed confessions that will blow the lid off the sordid deeds stunning betrayals and all too secret history of the American MafiaOriginally self published as Lion in the BasementRaves For THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS Growing Up Mafia“Frankie D was born and raised in this life and he’s still alive and still free They don’t come any sharper then Frankie D A real gangster story Read this book” Nicky “Slick” DiPietro New York City“I know Frankie D from when i was a kid living in South Brooklyn It was hard reading about my father Gennaro “Chitoz” Basciano but I knew it was the truth Frankie’s book is dead on the money I couldn’t put it down” Eddie Basciano somewhere in Florida“It’s been forty years since I’ve been with Frankie D doing our thing on President Street This book was like a flashback Frankie D nails it from beginning to .