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Engagement party on Court St. gets ugly — and the father of the bride is in the middle of it!

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Wedding bells were drowned out by the wail of police sirens at Marco Polo Ristorante on Court Street early on Saturday night as an engagement celebration ended in a frenzied free-for-all — and the father of the bride was nabbed!

Police were called to the famed Carroll Gardens eatery at the corner of Union Street at 12:30 am after several guests attending the party began fighting with each other.

As the squabble spilled out into the street, cops grabbed four men, ranging in age from 26 to 53, charging them with disorderly conduct.

All four were given criminal court summonses and sent home, said a source inside the 76th Precinct, adding that no one was throwing punches when officers arrived, but the group flat out refused to disperse.

Three of the men arrested were from Staten Island. The fourth was from Bensonhurst, they said. One was the man whose daughter is about to walk down the aisle.

“It looks like a couple of people had an argument inside and they wanted to continue their argument outside,” explained one police source.

Still, the scene certainly caught the eye of Saturday night revelers walking down Court Street.

“There was a bunch of fighting and yelling, people running in and out of the restaurant and tastelessly dressed women cat fighting or threatening to cat fight,” one witness told this paper. “They were all behaving like unflattering stereotypes about certain Italian-Americans. It was very interesting to watch and we spent at least five minutes observing from across the street.”

Marco Polo restaurant owner Joseph Chirico, who has had his own trouble with the law when he was once cited as a Gambino family associate during a major Mafia case, declined a full comment.

“Nothing happened,” he said before hanging up.

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Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
HEY I have a solution If there is a drunk woman she will usually stagger and fall at a wedding party. so the problem is what to do about the guys? Guys drink good ole Orange juice . Ban the guys in the wedding party to drink Only allow them to watch the girls drink
June 8, 2010, 7:29 am
Lawrence Gulotta from Park Slope says:
I think this article is bad journalism.

An unidentified witness makes subjective comments about "tastelessly dressed women" (LOL), and "They were all behaving like unflattering stereotypes about certain Italian-Americans." (LOL). None of the participants is identified by name, but we have their ages, neighborhoods of origan, and the unidentified witness's value free fashion judgements and ethnic prejudices to rely on.

The article identifies the restaurant as a "famed Carroll Gardens eatery," yet also identifies the owner as someone who has had "his own trouble with the law." Being "cited" in a report is not the same as being convicted of a crime. I think the Borough President gets it right when he noted the greatness of our legal system is that an individual is assumed innocent until proven guilty (see link).

The article engages in gratuitously attacking the character of the owner of Marco Polo without proof; slandering the social mores of a prominent ethnic group, and using an unfortunate family squabble, of no public consequence, to enflame inter-ethnic relations.

I think journalistic ethics died on the sidewalk, in front of Marco Polo, in the early hours of the morning. RIP
June 8, 2010, 10:58 am
Lawrence Gulotta from Park Slope says:
I think this article is bad journalism.

An unidentified witness makes subjective comments about "tastelessly dressed women" (LOL), and "They were all behaving like unflattering stereotypes about certain Italian-Americans." (LOL). None of the participants is identified by name, but we have their ages, neighborhoods of origin, and the unidentified witness's "value free" fashion judgments and ethnic prejudices to rely on.

The article identifies the restaurant as a "famed Carroll Gardens eatery," yet also identifies the owner as someone who has had "his own trouble with the law." Being "cited" in a report is not the same as being convicted of a crime. I think the Borough President gets it right when he noted the greatness of our legal system is that an individual is assumed innocent until proven guilty (see link).

The article engages in gratuitously attacking the character of the owner of Marco Polo without proof; slandering the social mores of a prominent ethnic group, and using an unfortunate family squabble, of no public consequence, to enflame inter-ethnic relations.

I think journalistic ethics died on the sidewalk, in front of Marco Polo, in the early hours of the morning. RIP
June 8, 2010, 11 am
Eli W. from Red Hook says:
Oh calm down. It was just a rehearsal for the "Tony and Tina's Wedding" prequel.
June 8, 2010, 11:48 am
al pankin from downtown says:
it's Court st....part of the fun of being in downtown Bklyn.....Joe's got a good restaurant. thank G-D it wasn't raining they all could have gotten wet.
June 8, 2010, 12:52 pm
Nassau Nell says:
When can we bid for the screenplay rights ?
June 8, 2010, 12:53 pm
Any Mouse from Any Where says:
What? No pictures of the "tastelessly dressed women catfighting"? C'mon Brooklyn Paper - we count on you for such things! Fuhgettaboutit.
June 8, 2010, 1:07 pm
JD from Brooklyn from Cobble Hill says:
I was at the restaurant next door, owned and operated by the same people as Marco Polo, and all I can say is that there was a grown man in a purple suit. 'Nough said.
June 8, 2010, 3:21 pm
babyfromcourtst from carroll gdns says:
I love it! Anyone who grew up in the neighborhood knows about the old social clubs (and Marco Polo). It's all part of the neighborhood charm.
June 8, 2010, 3:27 pm
tee gee from sunset park says:
It is only poor journalism like this that gives life to the stereotype of italians being in organized crime (I can't bring myself to say the M word).

So i think Joey-three fingers, Mikey the fish and me are gonna have to pay youse a visit an maybe take you for a ride.

{now, seriously - the mafia was a real part of the italian experience in the early days...unfortunately it is still in the mental make up of some italians today who are wannabe, albeit make-believe gangsters...but fortunately it is not a part of the overwhelming majority of italian americans who can laugh about it and not take it personal}
June 8, 2010, 3:52 pm
AO from Crooklyn says:
Jackie u got pictures of the poo? flicker it!
June 8, 2010, 4:24 pm
Phil from Dyker Heights says:
I was at Enoteca that night and saw the whole thing. All this sh*t that people are saying about the mafia is ridiculous. It was just people that had too much to drink getting out of hand. The cops came and they did not even attempt to break it up which made it escalate and cause more of a scene. And i think you might be color blind my friend because i did not see anyone in a purple suit. If you ask me the 76 sucks because they were about to ticket me when i was parked waiting for my car to be valeted the other night.
June 9, 2010, 2:38 pm
Henry from Home says:
I can't sleep
cause you got strange powers
June 9, 2010, 4:02 pm
Melanie from Long Island says:
I was at Enoteca that night and it had nothing to do with the mafia, it was just a family who drank too much and it got a little out of hand. When the cops arrived they just stood there for about ten minutes and watched the families fight.
June 11, 2010, 11:20 am
tastelessly dressed woman from caroll gardens says:
Thank you Melanie...#1 there was no one invited wearing a purple suit. #2 The moron journalist over exaggerated. #3 It was a family gathering where a few people got a little loud. NO girls were fighting and the stupid cops sat there and did nothing.
June 13, 2010, 6:50 pm
tastelessly dressed woman from caroll gardens says:
good job guys! :)

Instead of bashing my family take a look at your so called NYPD. Idiots.
June 13, 2010, 6:51 pm
jk from gh says:
It is a good thing that the mafia is in Carroll Gardens -- that is why the area is so safe -- the stupid police do not enforce the law -- illegal mexicans are all over the place and the police do nothing -- at least the mafia "kicks ass" as Obama would say
June 15, 2010, 4 pm
Man in purple suit from CG says:
I am the fellow dressed in the purple suit -- so why is that worse than what your stupid kids wear to school or the jeans and china made teashirt you wear every day -- at least I am proud enough to wear a suit.
June 15, 2010, 4:09 pm
Lucy from Carroll gardens says:
Message to yuppie CG invaders: have some respect and consideration for the fact that this was someone's FAMILY. A family which I'm sure included older members and children and I'm sure it was a sad event for them as well. You morons have no clue what a family is because you all live 600 miles away from your family and have no values or family life. And NO ONE should be discussing fashion statements because as I walk the streets each day in MY beloved neighborhood I see one liberal yuppie idiot after the next looking like you pulled your filthy clothes out of my trash and your kids pants are 3 sizes too small. So please be quiet you are all guests here. Keep your childish comments to yourselves trend following nomads
Jan. 11, 2012, 11:22 am

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