Volume 80, Number 9 | July 29 - August 4, 2010
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Photo by Clayton Patterson
‘Goodfella’ on St. Mark’s Pl.
Ex-mobster Henry Hill, portrayed by Ray Liotta as the main character in the Martin Scorsese movie, “Goodfellas,” attended the celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary at the Museum of the American Gangster, on St. Mark’s Place, on Saturday. At the museum, Hill made a “cement shoes” mold and signed it, above. Hill’s career in organized crime began when he was a teenager in Brooklyn in the 1950s. In 1980 he became an informant for the F.B.I. and he and his family entered the witness protection program to avoid being “whacked” by his associates. They were kicked out of the program in 1990 because Hill continued to commit crimes while in it. Museum co-founder Lorcan Otway told us that the screening was very well received, and that Hill and former prosecutor Ed McDonald spoke eloquently. “He said it was a wonderful portrayal of those times,” Otway said of Hill’s reception of the film, “but that he’s in no way nostalgic for that life.”