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As families and factions fought for control, the city became a backdrop for crime scenes, the rackets spreading after World War II to docks, airports, food markets, and garment districts. The streets of Brooklyn, swamps of Staten Island, and vacant lots near LaGuardia Airport hosted assassinations and hasty burials for the unlucky. The bloodlettings, arrests, and trials became front-page fodder for tabloids that thrived on covering Mulberry Street. Chinese, Russian, and Greek mobsters rose to prominence and wrought bloody havoc as well.
Each of Gangland New York's five sections - one for each borough - traces criminal activities and area exploits from the 19th century to now. Everyone knows about Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy, but now you can find Scarpato's restaurant in Coney Island, where Joe Masseria was killed by henchmen of Salvatore Maranzano, who in turn died in a Park Avenue office building at the hands of "Lucky" Luciano a few months later. From the Bronx to Brighton Beach, from New Springville to Ozone Park, here is a comprehensive, on-the-ground guide to mob life in the Rotten Apple.
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By Belinda Barnes on 09-04-15
this was a detailed study of the mob; from it's fledgling beginnings to modern day. I found this to be an enjoyable listen. being a native new yorker, the narrator irritated me by butchering many of the street name pronunciations. narrator aside, it was a great history lesson.
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By FD Firefighter 121 on 01-02-17
Interesting but just fair
A Wiki-like condensed history. Some interesting tid-bits but the the narrator must be on a double expresso shot. Kind of breathless narrative. Too fast to savor and in a rush to cram in 100+ year history of the 'mob'