Monday, May 12, 2008

This is part three (3) of the photos of the old Mutz Confectionery Store in the 600 block of Bleecker Street, adjacent to De Rosa Hall. Left to right: John Autore; Amadeo (Mutz) D'Accurzio; barnstorming professional baseball players of the old Negro League, and the gentleman on the far right is Lou Altier, who was a bartender at the old Jobber's Restaurant which was located in the Sam Ciocca Building which was the location of Sam's Paint Store in the front and a glass service in the rear accessed through a long indoor garage to the rear. The kids who are kneeling in the foreground are not identified -- any help? Perhaps it can be you. The Sam Ciocca building was one structure away gong west. Separating the Statti Bros Shoe Repair Shop building and the paint sotre was a building which had the store for DiLeo Plumbing; the family resided on the second floor. Mutz later gave up the confectionery store and opened a coffee shop/food service, newspaper stand on the corner of Mohawk and Bleecker in the De Lalla Drug Store building.
The D'Accurzio family carried on the operation until their retirement. The business was sold to others but it just wasn't the same without the good will and friendship of the D'Accurzio's.

1 comment:

Katy Widrick said...

My company does video news stories on great people with awesome attitudes -- they don't get much better than some of the Negro League players who broke barriers in baseball!

You can see a video we did at MLB's recent symbolic draft of Negro League players, which includes Millito Navarro, Peanut Johnson, Charley Pride and Bill Blair as well as Ken Griffey and Dave Winfield.

I hope you enjoy it!