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“The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia” Tour

  • October-February: Fridays and Saturdays at 5 p.m.
  • March-September: Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sundays at 2:15 p.m.

Meets in front of Joe and Pat’s Pizza: 168 1st ave near E10th st.

Join us after the sun goes down and the city comes alive to learn about The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia. This tour focuses mostly on the 20th century arc of organized crime in America, specifically anchored by the Five Families of New York: A secret society that began in the 1900s, expanded massively in the 1920s, got organized and flourished from the 1930s through the 1950s and experienced a slow and ugly decline through the last decades of the century.

This premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of Lucky Luciano’s ruthless rise to power, and his affiliation with other notorious criminals such as Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese and Meyer Lansky. The tour stops outside the tenements, cafés, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened in an epic tale that spans 100 years and across the Atlantic and back!

NOTE: There must be a minimum of four people booked for our public walking tours. If there are fewer than four on the manifest by the day before the tour’s scheduled start time, it will be cancelled and all tickets refunded.