Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cool Metal

Fifty years ago today, on October 25, 1957, an infamous mob hit occurred at a barber shop in the lobby of the Park Sheraton Hotel on 57th Street in New York City. Albert Anastasia was the mafia boss shot dead that day.

This morning's amNew York returned to the scene of the crime. It's now a Starbucks.

I enjoyed reporter David Freedlander's lead:

The barista stood stock still, her cold eyes glistening off the cool metal of the espresso machine. She grabbed the handle, and bang! bang! a few quick hits to the side, and before anyone knew what was happened, a Macchiato, double-shot, lay steaming on the counter.

Fifty years ago Thursday, in the same spot that very espresso machine sat coldly whipping nonfat mocha lattes, perhaps the most notorious mob hit in history happened.

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