This charming Park Slope home is a gangster’s paradise

The living room at 21 Garfield Place (credit: Douglas Elliman)

Tangling with the mob doesn’t have to mean sleeping with the fishes — it could mean sleeping in this very lovely Brooklyn home.

The building at 21 Garfield Street in Park Slope was the childhood home of none other than “Public Enemy No. 1,” Al Capone. And now, the three-unit building is on the market for $2.5 million.

According to a biography of Capone, “Mr. Capone,” the notorious mobster moved here when he was just a boy in 1907. He and his family then moved around the neighborhood, and Capone moved to Chicago — where he would become infamous — when he was around 20 years old.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)

Russ Braginskiy, who developed and designed the project, tells LLNYC that Capone used to hang out at the pool hall across the street from 21 Garfield, which has since been torn down and replaced by condos.

The home was not in great shape when Braginskiy bought it, and he had to perform a gut renovation, expanding the windows so they let in more light, adding roof decks and even raising the ceiling heights. He did not alter the facade, but says it is not original to what it looked like when Capone lived there.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)

Though the renovation revealed that there had once been a fire in the building a long time ago (perhaps baby Capone was fond of matches?), Braginskiy says it did not reveal any other mobster-related surprises.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find a stash of cash, diamonds or gold in the walls,” he said. “That would have been nice for me.”

(credit: Douglas Elliman)
(credit: Douglas Elliman)