3. John Jovino’s Gun Shop
Charlie and Johnny Boy talk a walk and pass by this store with a very peculiar sign. John Jovino’s Gun Shop, originally located behind the Centre Street Police Headquarters, is located on 183 Grant Street in Little Italy. The shop belongs to the Imperatio Family, who have owned the shop since buying it off John Jovino in the 1920s. It is the oldest gun retailer in NYC, and claims to be the oldest in the country.
While the only customers the store should have are members of the NYPD, weapons have been linked to the store for crimes committed in NYC (the store itself was never accused of actually selling guns illegally). The store was also written about in an 2007 Village Voice article connecting sales from the store to UN diplomats from the Republic of Congo.