NEW YORK POST:
The local streets now home to high-end strollers and farm-to-table restaurants were once the stomping grounds of one of the country’s most infamous gangsters. Brooklyn is where Alphonse “Al” Capone got his start.
The mob boss liked to claim that his parents were “American-born and so was I,” but Gabriele and Theresa Caponi (the surname was later changed) emigrated from Italy in 1895 and first settled near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Al was born in 1899, and it wouldn’t be long before the Brooklyn streets would drag him into a life of crime.
All this and more is laid out in the new book “Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago” (HarperCollins) by mystery writer Max Allan Collins and historian A. Brad Schwartz.
Schwartz gave The Post a tour of Capone’s old Brooklyn haunts.
21 Garfield Pl., Park Slope
The budding gangster spent his childhood in Park Slope at several addresses along Garfield Place, including this one. The Capones moved from their Navy Yard apartment to the new home after dad Gabriele became an American citizen in 1906.
“While young Al watched his father make an honest living, he also went down the block to the corner of Union Street and Fourth Avenue, to the headquarters of a very different role model: gangster Johnny Torrio,” Schwartz said.
Torrio used local boys to run errands — some innocent, some illicit — and it’s likely Capone was in his service.