Must-See Carroll Gardens
by Alexis Swerdloff, 10/26/2011
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Italian Social Clubs
Although most of the neighborhood's Italian social clubs are long gone—or have been turned into record stores and cocktail bars and, in one case, a Dunkin' Donuts—a couple still remain. These members-only all-male clubs, with ties to various regions in Southern Italy, are still very secretive, but on warm days you might be able to catch a glimpse inside. See if the Society of Citizens-Pozzallo, on a stretch of Henry Street between Union and Sackett Streets, or the Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Cultural and Social Club, down on Court Street and Fourth Place, has its doors open—if so, peek in to see men playing cards, watching baseball and arguing in Italian.