Giuseppe Verrazano was a gangster based in lower Manhattan who controlled several gambling houses.
In 1916, Verrazano, the Morello gang, and the Navy Street gang were involved with the murder of Joe DeMarco. Verazzano had previously worked with DeMarco and was introduced as the man who would be able to help kill him.
Verrazano, who ran his own card games in Kenmare Street, planned to open a new gambling house. This did not sit well with the Navy Street gang who began to plot his murder.
On October 6th, 1916, Charles Giordano, a policy man and saloon owner from Staten Island, made plans to kill Verazzano. Alphonso Sgroia, Mike Notaro, Ralph Daniello and John Mancini travelled to Manhattan after Giordano had located Verazzano in the ‘Italian Gardens’ restaurant in the basement of the Occidental Hotel on Broome Street.
Sgroia and Notaro stood by the door shooting into the establishment. Verazzano was killed and the Navy Street gunmen escaped, one into the Bowery and one into Broome Street.