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The Harvard Inn
Much speculation has been made over the years to find out exactly where was the Harvard Inn on Coney Island. This was the dance hall where Al Capone worked for Frankie Uale (Yale). I too have search many years for a photo or a sign that this dance hall could be located. I can happily say that I finally stumbled over the information that I have sought out for all these many years.




The Harvard Inn was a two story building right across the famous Stauch restaurant and dance hall. The Harvard Inn tried to copy other money making cabarets such as the College Inn. The arrow points to the building that became The Harvard Inn.






Circa 1916-17. A young Al Capone at Coney island.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





1918 advertisment for The Harvard Inn on Coney Island. This is the place of legends. One in particular where Al Capone got his famous scars.
See ORIGINS OF THE SCARS






There's much speculation as far as ownership. The building were said to be owned by John Cannava, who lived at 327 President Street, but maybe leased out to Frankie Yale in order to do underworld business. Cannava (Cannova) had many different enterprises such as printing, nuts and fruits wholesale and real estate. On April 25, 1920, Cannava, his brother and a waiter were arrested at The Harvard Inn for selling highballs and Manhattan cocktails to undercover Prohibition Agents. Cannava and his brother are both named as The Harvard Inn proprietors. It is therefore deducted that Yale was merely managing the dance hall. Yale was probably the one who hired Al Capone.




Frankie Yale mentioned as proprietor.
New York Times July 24, 1921.



In a 1921 news story, it is mentioned that Frankie Yale is employed at The Harvard Inn.
Dunkirk Evening Observer July 15, 1921.




Another 1921 story mentions Yale as the manager of The Harvard Inn.



New York Times January 24, 1925.




Lots of violence surrounding The Harvard Inn and the area it was located.
The Melchiorre brothers are killed weeks apart.
New York Times July 24, 1921.





 




The demise of the Harvard Inn


Fire destroys the Harvard Inn.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle January 24, 1925.





1907 Map used to illustrate where The Harvard Inn was located.






Side view of arrow pointing to The Harvard Inn.






Map of Coney Island today showing where The Harvard Inn once stood.
(Google).





The area where the Harvard Inn was located. It was near Nathan's, which was back then a simple hot dog stand when the Harvard Inn was standing.
(Photo kind courtesy of Lisa Kennelly).





Turning to the left
(Photo kind courtesy of Lisa Kennelly).






The general spot today where The Harvard Inn once stood. This would be looking at the back of the building. The front would have been on the opposite side of this lot.
(Photo kind courtesy of Lisa Kennelly).