Note: Where page numbers appear, they refer to illuminating facts from Gerald Meyer’s book Vito Marcantonio: radical politician, 1902-1954 unless attributed to another source.
Major Political / Civic Landmarks
Lucky Corner during Marcantonio’s re-election campaign during the 1940s
A. Lucky Corner 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, where massive election-eve rallies were held. 15,000 rallied here for Marcantonio in 1948 (p.39).
B. Marc’s first district office/ Fiorello LaGuardia Political Association (later Vito Marcantonio Political Association) 247 East 116 Street (now a dentist office).
C. Madison Square Garden (where it stood before the current one) 8th Avenue between 50th and 49th Streets. He rallied with workers there in 1935 (p.25), and was the main attraction in 1948 for a campaign speech attended by 18,000 (p.39).
D. Marc’s Yorkville district office (where his biographer, Annette T. Rubinstein, worked on his staff) 1484 First Avenue . In 1956, Rubinstein and associates (The Vito Marcantonio Memorial) edited and published I Vote My Conscience: debates, speeches and writings of Vito Marcantonio (1935-1950).
E. Benjamin Franklin High School — since re-named more than once — 116th Street between Pleasant Avenue and the FDR Drive. One of Marcantonio’s primary mentors, Leonard Covello, was its founding principal. He spoke at its 1942 dedication (p.123). Frank Sinatra sang a concert there to quell racial tensions while future jazz great Sonny Rollins said the concert changed his life. (for more info click here)
Imagining Neighborhood As Well As Early Life Beyond Italian Harlem
1. Marcantonio’s Childhood Home 325 E. 112th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues). This building was replaced by Thomas Jefferson Houses, a NYCHA development.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church
2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church (448 East 116th Street), where Marc received a certificate of baptismal although he was not observant as an adult.
3. PS 85 @ 1st Avenue and East 117th Street where Salvatore John LaGumina’s Vito Marcantonio: The People’s Politician reports he attended elementary school on page 2.
4. Old DeWitt Clinton High School 899 10th Avenue. It is now Haaren Hall on the campus of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marc graduated with the class of 1921 before attending law school at New York University.
5. Leonard Covello’s House, his primary mentor, 229 East 116 Street.
6. LaGuardia Memorial House (known as Haarlem House when Marc worked there) 307 East 116th Street. His wife Miriam Sanders worked there for many years.
7. Marcantonio-Sanders House 231 East 116 Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).
8. Fiorello LaGuardia’s Home at 5th Avenue and 109th Street is an apartment building known as Stonehedge.
Where Marc Was Last Seen…and Still Rests
F. A massive heart attack overcame Marc on the East side of Broadway in front of City Hall Park, across the street from the Woolworth Building.
G. Giordano’s Funeral Home 1st Avenue and 115th Street (now www.firstavenuefuneral.com), where his well-attended wake took place. See p.183.
Marc’s grave at Woodlawn Cemetery
H. Woodlawn Cemetery Vito Marcantonio is buried in the Oakwood Section within 50 feet of his mentor, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The grave site is on the west side of the hill near the intersection of Park Avenue and Myosotis Avenue. The Vito Marcantonio Forum hosts an annual event there on or near the anniversary of his death: August 9th, 1954. See their website for more details.
You may also enjoy a 60 minute walking tour of Vito Marcantonio’s Harlem by clicking here!
The Bronx Chronicle reported on the 2014 commemoration. Read that story here! Oggi America also offers a remembrance of that day. You may find that article here!