In the early 20th Century, many NY gangsters came from meager means. This was not necessarily the case with Al Capone. Capone’s family had immigrated from Italy, but his family was a respectable, professional family.
Gabriele Capone was the family Patriarch. Mr. Capone was a barber who brought his family to the US from Italy in 1894 at the age of 30. Teresa, his wife, and he moved to New York with their sons, Vincenzo and Raffaele. Teresa was pregnant when they arrived in Brooklyn and Alphonse Capone was born on January 17, 1899.
The Capones lived in a slum by the Navy Yard. Because of it’s location, there were always sailors around and lots of bars located there. It was the perfect place to raise a crime boss during the Prohibition era.