Generoso Nazzaro

Joe ‘Chuck’ Nazzaro
Joe ‘Chuck’ Nazzaro

Alias: Chuck Nazzaro



Died: March 16th 1917

Where: Yonkers

Cause: Shot

Killer: Navy St gang

Joe ‘Chuck’ Naz­zaro, of 339 E108th, arrived in New York in 1904.

He was arrest­ed in late July, 1913, in con­nec­tion with gam­bling and pol­i­cy games. Gio­sue Gal­luc­ci was also arrest­ed along with his nephew John Rus­so­mano, all were charged with car­ry­ing con­cealed weapons. Naz­zaro was jailed for ten months, and released in May 1915. To help him raise some money a ben­e­fit was held on his return. He sold his café in E108th to Carmine Mol­li­ca, short­ly after the sale Mol­li­ca was ambushed and killed. Naz­zaro was arrest­ed but later released.

Joe Naz­zaro was a col­league of Joe DeMar­co who had been chased out of Harlem by the Morel­lo gang. After DeMar­co’s mur­der, Naz­zaro aligned him­self with the Neapoli­tan Navy Street gang but had been spot­ted talk­ing to the Morel­lo’s in Harlem, and was sen­tenced to death by the Neapolitans.

On March 16th, 1917, he was shot and killed in Yonkers NY. Fevro­la, Sgroia, and the Paret­ti broth­ers, all from the Navy St gang, lured him out to Yonkers under the pre­tence of killing Fevro­la for giv­ing the infor­ma­tion to the police. They shot Naz­zaro and left his body on the trol­ley tracks.