The Coin-O-Matic was the headquarters of the Patriarca crime family, one of the most ruthless and powerful criminal organizations in the United States. Raymond L.S. Patriarca ran his cash-only tobacco vending business here as a money laundering front for more sinister operations, including gambling, prostitution, theft, extortion and murder. He wielded influence as far away as Miami and Las Vegas, and his hold on power ended only at his death in 1984. Many in the neighborhood still remember the days of Patriarca.