‘Mafia Metropolis: Rebirth of NYC and Organized Crime in the 1980s’ Webinar
As New York City bounced back from the depths of the horrific fiscal crisis of the 1970s, organized crime saw a prime opportunity for big money to be made — and boy did they capitalize. In only a couple of years, a handful of crime families expanded their operation from infiltrating construction industry worker unions to a monopoly of the ready-mix concrete business. So how did it end? This is the true story of how the Sicilian Mafia (aka Cosa Nostra) took advantage of NYC’s building boom in the 1980s and gained more influence, power, and cash than they ever had before — and what the U.S. Government did to stop it.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the rise and fall of “The Concrete Club,” an organized crime syndicate in New York City that flourished during the city’s fiscal recovery of the 1980s.
Led by NYC Tour Guide Gary Dennis, our deep dive into New York City’s mafia rings of the ’80s — and the dramatic criminal trial that brought it all to an end — will include:
- The rise of organized crime in America
- A discussion around the five mafia families that made up The Concrete Club
- The first big dent in the NYC mafia’s power structure at the height of their influence
- The development and application of the RICO Act, and how it gave the U.S. Government the tools it needed to dismantle New York’s crime families
- Rare photos and stories of the mafia family members, hangouts, and trial
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Gary — any and all questions about organized crime in NYC are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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“So many stories – I don’t know how he keeps it all straight!” -Jessica
“Thorough history of organized crime in New York” -Linda
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“The speaker was very knowledgeable on NYC mafia history” -Gary
“great presenter so good in delivery and really keeps you interested and entertained. liked the pics of places and people both in the past and current sites of the buildings” -Noelle
“I love the history, cultural context. The crime scene photos were crazy to look at, but I have criminal justice and law background, research experience, so I wasn’t as squeamish as I think the average person would be.” -Maggie
“I’m very intrigued by the Mafia and found this interesting” -Mary Beth
“The breadth of information covered. The presenter covered nearly a century!” -Marina
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