The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club.
Place of Interest in Queens, New York, United States.
This is the former location of the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club.
It is situated at 98-04 101st Avenue in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York.
Up until early 2005, it was used as a headquarters by the Gambino crime family.
This was the original base of "The Teflon Don," John Gotti. He began running it in 1977, after he was inducted into the family and promoted to capo.
Previously, the Bergin crew was run by Carmine Fatico. However, he had to be replaced after he was sent to prison for stealing fur coats.
Although Gotti also ran the Ravenite Social Club in Little Italy, that didn't fall under his control until 1985, when he orchestrated the murder of Paul Castellano and became the new boss of the family.
The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club was founded during the 1960s, after Fatico decided to move his base from East New York to Ozone Park. His decision to move away from Brooklyn was reportedly motivated by the neighborhood's growing population of African Americans and Puerto Ricans.
In 1972, Fatico was convicted of loan sharking and ordered to stay away from his crew. Consequently, he decided to appoint Gotti as his acting capo.
From that point on, Gotti acted as his eyes and ears on the ground.
However, in 1977, Fatico's reign came to an end after he pleaded guilty to stealing fur coats and was sentenced to five years in prison. With Fatico gone, Gotti was seen as his natural successor. As a result, the Gambino family inducted him as a "made man" and immediately promoted him to capo of the Bergin crew.
During the 1980s, Gotti and his crew organized a fireworks display outside the club every 4th of July. Each year, people from the neighborhood would flock to the corner of 101st Avenue and 98th Street to watch the show.
This was their way of appeasing local residents and building "loyalty" within the community. Notably, this strategy worked, as the locals would often alert members of the club whenever they spotted undercover detectives.
The Gambinos used the property until 2005, when they seemingly abandoned it. By that stage, John Gotti had died of throat cancer in prison, and the crew's power had dwindled.
Following its closure, it was converted into two shopfronts and put up for rent.
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98-04 101st Avenue
It is situated close to the corner of 101st Avenue and 98th Street, in the northeastern section of Ozone Park.
Details about the general area.
Ozone Park is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of Queens. It is close to the Aqueduct Racetrack.
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98-04 101st Avenue.
This Google Street View image of 98-04 101st Avenue was taken in June of 2022.
The property was converted into two retail units after the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club closed its doors in 2005.
At the time of writing, it was home to a Christian church and a bubble tea store.
These are surveillance photographs of John Gotti and Carmine Fatico.
Fatico was the "caporegime" of the Bergin crew.
Originally, the gang's headquarters was situated in the East New York borough of Brooklyn. However, Fatico was so dismayed by the changing racial demographics of the neighborhood that he decided to relocate his base to Ozone Park in Queens.
Gotti quickly became a leading figure in the crew, as he was young, smart, and tough.
In 1972, Fatico was arrested on loan-sharking charges. As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered to stay away from his crew. During his absence, he chose Gotti to become his acting capo.
Five years later, Fatico was sent to prison for stealing fur coats, and Gotti was promoted to capo of the Bergin crew. From that point on, he reported to Gambino underboss Aniello Dellacroce, whose HQ was at the Ravenite Social Club in Little Italy.
Image source: Indiana Gazette - July 5th 1989
The crew held a fireworks display outside the club every 4th of July.
In 1988, the authorities warned the gang not to set off fireworks without a permit. However, Gotti ignored this warning, much to the embarrassment of Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
The following year, dozens of officers were sent to 101st Avenue to make sure that the show didn't go ahead.
To prevent people who didn't live in the area from attending the event, they put up barricades and closed every street within a four-block radius.
This led to an angry backlash, as crowds of people shouted insults at the police and chanted Gotti's name. Men on nearby roofs also set off rockets.
Although the fireworks display didn't go ahead, the crew still held their annual barbeque.
During an interview with a news reporter, one attendee stated that "Gotti had a good heart." Another person added that he "took care of people in the community."
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