Aldo Cozzo was born in 1924 at St. Vincent’s Hospital and lived on Perry Street in a 6-floor walk-up apartment. At the time, Italians and Italian Americans formed the largest ethnic group in Greenwich Village, especially in its southern half. According to his family, Aldo very much enjoyed life in Greenwich Village and often talked of playing stickball with his neighborhood friends. In the early days, his family had to carry coal up from the basement to heat their home. On Sundays, they attended services at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Aldo attended Hudson Park Junior High School on Clarkson Street, and upon graduation, went to DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He worked for a printer on West 4th Street, and by 1951 married and moved to Queens where he and his wife raised his family. In the Hudson Park Junior High School Class Picture from June 1938 Aldo Cozzo is the first boy on the left with crossed legs.

June, 1938

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