Pelligrino Morano

by Jon Black


Born: 1877

Nationality: Italian





Pelligrino Morano was the head of a group of Neapolitans based in Coney Island, where he owned the Santa Lucia restau­rant, often used as the head­quar­ters for their gang.

Morano had pre­vi­ous­ly been based in Harlem. When he was arrest­ed in 1904 for the shoot­ing of an Italian ‘well known to the police’ at Mulberry and Grand Streets, he gave his address as 327 E 115th Street. Whilst the police believed his claim of inno­cence, he was locked up and charged  for car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon.

Years lat­er, Morano was based in Coney Island. His asso­ciates Allesandro Vollero and Leopoldo Lauritano owned a cof­fee house at 133 Navy Street Brooklyn. The cof­fee house was used as the head­quar­ters for their gang, which main­ly con­sist­ed of Neapolitans, and was often referred to as ‘The Camorra’.

On June 24th, 1916 a meet­ing took place at Coney Island between the Sicilian Morello gang, the Neapolitan Navy Street gang and the Neapolitan Coney Island gang. The idea of the meet­ing was to dis­cuss the expan­sion of gam­bling dens in low­er Manhattan. A plan that led to a string of mur­ders across New York.

In May 1917Ralph ‘The Barber’ Daniello, a mem­ber of the Navy St gang, began to tell the police every­thing he knew about Morano, the Neapolitan gangs, and the recent murders.

Morano was lat­er con­vict­ed of mur­der in the sec­ond degree in the case of Nicholas Terranova and Eugene Ubriaco and sen­tenced to spend twen­ty years to life at Sing Sing prison.