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The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour

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US$ 39.50
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    What to Expect
    The tour starts promptly at 6pm -- 5pm from October through mid-March-- at 176 1st avenue, near E10th street outside of what used to be a 110 year old Italian restaurant and opens with a brief understanding of the delicate balance between the two worlds of the neighborhood: The respectable, honorable immigrant success stories and the ruthless thugs, protectors and shakedown artists that kept them in their clutches. The shape of a "Mafia" and its influence on everyday citizens is clearly outlined here.

    The story then follows the slow and steady rise of Charles "Lucky" Luciano, through the neighborhood spots that he used to frequent. The tour then follows the cafes and restaurants of the neighborhood to weave together the story of prohibition, mafia warfare, double-crossings, and a new incarnation of what it meant to be Mafia in America.

    The tour follows a distinct narrative through the span of the 20th century, linking together small, local stories of mid-level thugs and "businessmen" and the ways in which they tie together with the greatest Mafiosi in American history involved in major plays all over the world. There are also multiple references and connections to  The Godfather Trilogy, Goodfellas, and  The Sopranos.

    The tour ends in NoLita (Northern Little Italy) with the story of the notorious John Gotti, a perfect conclusion to a century of Italian-American supremacy in Organized Crime (as well as some  theories as to the state of the Mafia today...)

    Total walking: 1.2 miles (just under 2K)
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    Reviewed 3 July 2019

    As intriguing as Gary was as a tour guide, we felt like half of the tour could have been done sitting in the restaurant over drinks and him showing us pictures instead of having us walk around and stand in front of a building for...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank joyw173
    Reviewed 29 June 2019

    FABULOUS!!! Gideon was outstanding.Well researched. Very interesting. Unique experience that was personalized to the locale! Thoroughly enjoyed!!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Ann777z
    Reviewed 29 May 2019

    Worst decision of our stay in New York. DO NOT BOOK. Previous ganster tours in other cities were lovely, informative, featured interesting sights and characterful tour guides. With this tour, however, our guide walked us to our first location and lectured us with a retired-history...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank ScottishMusician1
    MatthewNewYork, Owner at NYC Gangster Tours Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2019

    Dear Scottish Musician, I am so sorry to hear that you had such an awful experience. Please write to me directly; matthew@nycgangstertours.com and let me make this right for you. I'd really appreciate you telling me what day you took the tour and specifically what...More

    Reviewed 28 May 2019 via mobile

    DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY! Awful! To start the tour, the guide was 5-10 minutes late. I know more about the Mob than our tour guide did! ( He called Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Sonny) He kept forgetting what/who he was talking about. Only the last...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    2  Thank Becky B
    MatthewNewYork, Owner at NYC Gangster Tours Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2019

    Hi Becky, Firstly, I can't tell you how sorry I am that you had a dreadful experience. You might have seen that previous to today, we'ver always had stellar reviews because most of our guides are exceptional. I'm afraid it looks like a stinker got...More

    Reviewed 3 April 2019

    This tour was part of a huge surprise taking my husband to New York for his 60th Birthday. Having not known about it until a few days before and then discovered his sons and girlfriends waiting for him at the airport I had to book...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank carolineisaacs
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